BANGKOK, 22 September 2013 (NNT) – Protesters against the Environmental Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) of the controversial “Mae Wong” dam on Sunday reached their final destination in Bangkok after they started walking from the Mae Wong National Park in Nakhon Sawan province on 10 September 2013.Secretary General of the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation Sasin Chalermlarp, who leads the protest, said the walking protest campaign was aimed at creating awareness among the public. The protesters believed the dam was not a solution to flooding and it would damage more than 13,000 Rai of forest land, Mr Sasin said.

The foundation’s secretary general added that he was not concerned about the government’s affirmation to move on with the Mae Wong project, saying he believed in the power of people who agreed with him. Mr Sasin also expressed his confidence the protest would eventually lead to the cancellation of the dam construction.

Mae Wong National Park comprises nearly 900 square kilometers or about 558,750 rai of pristine forest land in Nakhon Sawan. If the 13-billion-baht dam is constructed, about 2% or 13,260 rai of fertile forest will be flooded.
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Relocation deadline in Myitsone Tang Hpre village creates quandary

Wednesday, 26 January 2011 00:00 KNG
Residents of Tang Hpre village located near the Irrawaddy Myitsone dam construction site in Northern Burma, Kachin State are reeling under the dual burden of drugs and pressure from the ruling Burmese junta to relocate the whole village by March, which is the deadline.

“It is akin to hell now. More and more people are addicted to drugs in the village, which is being destroyed due to digging for gold,” said Bawk Naw, a villager from Tang Hpre.

He told Thailand-based Kachin News Group whole paddy fields are being destroyed because of gold mining and no one is even attempting to plant paddy, due to the uncertain conditions. On top of which there is mounting pressure to relocate.

With the gold mining business, drug addiction has increased among the youth but the regime had not acted on it, said the villager.

The Burmese military government Ma-Ya-Ka, police and the Asia World Company had come to the village on January 23 and 24 to talk about compensation and told villagers to relocate to other places by March.

“They are giving compensation of 135 Kyats for one orange tree in Mazup village located between Mali and N’mai rivers,” said Bawk Naw. Continue reading “Relocation deadline in Myitsone Tang Hpre village creates quandary”

Chiang Mai:Invitation Film Screening “Killing the Mekong Dams by Dam”

Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD)
Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University
is pleased to invite you to join in the Film Screening on

“Where Have All the Fish Gone? :

Killing the Mekong Dams by Dam”


Talk with the Producer
Tom Fawthrop,

Journalist and Independent Producer

Moderator: Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti

Date:                Tuesday 7th December 2010
Time:                13.00 – 15.00 hrs.
Venue:              Meeting Room, 4th Floor of Operational Building, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University

**please send your confirmation of attendence to RCSD via .**   Continue reading “Chiang Mai:Invitation Film Screening “Killing the Mekong Dams by Dam””

New name for an ageing hydropower project???


Friday’s edition of the New Light of Myanmar (12/11/10)  has a news item and photo related to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the development of the ‘Upper Thanlwin (Mongton) hydropower project’.  Few details are provided exept to note that the MoU  was signed at the Yeywa Hall of the Ministry of Electric Power No 1 in Nay Pyi Taw on 10/11/10. Signing for the Hydropower Planning Dept of EPM-1 was Director-General Kyee Soe, while Vice-President Bi Yaxiang signed for the China Three Gorges Corporation and Senior Executive Vice- President Prutichai Chonglertvanichkul signed for Egat International Co Ltd of and an [unnamed] official signed for the International Group of Entrepreneurs Co Ltd (IGE) [of Myanmar].   Present on the occasion were Group President Cao Guangjing of China Three Gorges Corp of the PRC,  Chairman Nay Aung and officials of the International Group of Entrepreneurs and the usual group of officials from related ministries in Nay Pyi Taw.

No mention is made about the whereabouts of the ‘Mongton’ project on the Upper Thanlwin, but the name of the PRC’s Three Gorges Corp has been associated with plans related to the Tasang hydropower project in several news releases over the last year and a half.  Possibly, the ‘Mongton’ project is simply a new name for the ‘Tasang’ project with its site on the Thanlwin between Mongpan and Mongton townships.   A series of agreements on the Tasang project were signed with Thailand’s MDX group over the last ten years, but the arrangements for the necessary financing of the huge venture have apparently eluded MDX.

Egat’s involvement in the project seems logical since export of electricity generated by the Tasang project is destined for Thailand.    IGE is one of the partners along with Egat and Synohydro in the revamped plans for building the Hutgyi dam and power station on the Lower Thanlwin.   IGE president Nay Aung is one of the sons of Aung Thaung, the influential Miniister of Industry-1 in the SPDC government.  IGE has a finger in many pies in the Myanmar business scene — banking, offshore oil and gas development, timber rights, import-exports, etc.

Loei residents, conservationists oppose plan for latest Mekong dam

Loei – Local residents and conservationists Wednesday stood in strong opposition against the Thai-Laos plan to jointly construct a Bt69billion hydroelectric dam over Mekong River.

The dam, if constructed, will be partially located in Loei’s Pak Chom district and will have the capacity to generate up to 1,079 megawatts of electricity.

More than 200 residents, conservationists and representatives from various organisations attended a public forum on the Pak Chom Hydroelectric Dam yesterday.

The event, held to sound out the public opinion, was organised by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the Office of the National Health Commission and other organisations along with the Senate panel on anticorruption and good governance and the Senate subcommittee on the Mekong Basin development and its impacts.

Activists spread 1,000 posters opposing election and dam

Friday, 05 November 2010 18:13 KNG
For the second time, civilian activists distributed 1,000 posters and stickers opposing the November 7 election and the Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam construction project yesterday in the Kachin State capital, Myitkyina, northern Burma, just days before Sunday’s vote, according to sources from the activist group.

The colorful cartoon posters were pasted on roadside walls and power poles in at least six crowded places in the capital, said an activist leader.

anti-election-and-damThe colorful cartoon poster which opposed the November 7 election and the Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam construction project in Kachin’s capital Myitkyina, Northern Burma.Photo by Kachin News Group

According to local eyewitnesses, they saw posters and colorful stickers in Khyemar Tiri quarter, Shatapru quarter, Myoma quarter, Tatkone quarter, near Myitkyina main markets and the Town Clock Tower.

The activist leader, under the pseudonym Naw Ja, said, “The election will grant the regime a chance to complete construction of the dam. The electricity produced will be sold to China. That’s why we oppose it.”

anti-election-and-dam2The posters were also pasted on the signboard showing election candidates in different parties. Photo by Kachin News Group

The cartoon on the poster illustrated the idea that a vote for the junta-controlled Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) was participating in the destruction of the people of Kachin State, as well as the environment.

The huge Myitsone hydropower project, located about 27 miles north of Myitkyina, is a joint project of the Burmese military government and the Chinese.

The planning started in 2006, but the construction officially started on December 21, 2009, against the wishes of all Kachin people and environmental activists.

Several Kachin students from Myitkyina University have been temporarily detained and interrogated since last night by Burmese security agents, said students’ sources.