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THE GREAT GAMBLE ON THE MEKONG

THE MIGHTY KHONE PRAPENG FALLS  SIPANDON SOUTHERN LAOS   pic Tom Fawthrop

THE MIGHTY KHONE PRAPENG FALLS SIPANDON SOUTHERN LAOS pic Tom Fawthrop

Eureka Films has just completed a second film about the dams on the Mekong.Scientists have warned it will block fish migration in the world’s most productive freshwater fisheries.The cumulative effect of 11 dams mapped out on the Lower Mekong will devastate this mighty river and result in a massive loss of nutrition and food security affecting 65 million people in Laos,Thailand,Cambodia and Vietnam.

The widest waterfall in Asia the Khone Falls the eco-paradise will soon be marred by the dirt noise and construction of the controversial Don Sahong dam nearby   pic Tom Fawthrop

 THE GREAT GAMBLE ON THE MEKONG

ARE WE KILLING THE MEKONG DAM BY DAM?

A new documentary over the future of the Mekong -to dam or not to dam has been completed in December 2014. It is a sequel to our first film Where Have All the Fish Gone? (2013)  produced and directed by Tom Fawthrop Eureka Films. 

The Mekong is one of world’s great rivers, flowing through six countries and sustaining the lives of 65 million people. Today it is under dire threat from a cascade of hydro-electric dams.

This great river, the lifeblood of countless generations of Cambodian, Lao,Thai and Vietnamese is in great danger from two dam projects The Xayaburi dam is under construction, despite massive regional opposition from civil society and from Cambodia and Vietnam.

DAM &RIVER 2

The Don Sahong dam- the 2nd dam on the Lower Mekong,the Lao government plans to launch in early 2015.This film shows how the battle to save the Mekong by ngos, scientists and two riparian governments is hotting up.The dam-site is only 2 km from the great Khone Phapeng waterfall and set amidst the fabulous wetlands of Four Thousand Islands that cries out to be a protected area under the Ramsar Convention.  

Sadly the Lao government has turned its back on this option and has instead declared the nearby area to be developed as a SEZ Special Economic Zone , slated to host a casino and 4 star hotels.

If this second dam goes ahead, it will almost certainly choke the most important fish migration channel amidst the stunningly beautiful eco-paradise of Siphandon [ 4 Thousand Islands]

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The unique ecosystem of the 4,880 kilometre long Mekong is at stake,as well as livelihoods of tens of millions.The science is increasingly clear.dams block fish and sediment.

SAHONG CLOSED TO FISH

There is no scientific proof that mitigation can be effective. That is why the rush to build dams is such a dangerous gamble  rushing headlong into the unknown, without waiting for several scientific studies on hydropower impacts on the Mekong to be completed.

FISH CONFUSION
This film looks at all the issues. Are,the peoples and governments of the region capable of protecting Sipandon this great wonder of nature and its rich natural resources, and save the Mekong before it is too late? 
Eureka Films:for more info, and the purchase of DVDs please contact : EurekaFilmsdocos@gmail.com or /TomFawthrop2004@yahoo.co.uk

 

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    • Mekongman Reply

      Saving the Mekong should be among the region’s priorities.Unfettered dam construction will bring discord among the nations that share the river
      and the unequal control over water flow will lead to instability and unrest downstream
      thanks for your comments
      best wishes
      Tom

      • Mekongman Reply

        HAPPY NEW YEAR / SOURSDEY CHNAM THMEI (KHMER)

        Ciao Georg in Turin Italy!

        IN RESPONSE TO YOUR QUESTIONS : E
        Can any lessons be drawn from the recent construction of the enormous 4 Gorges megadam in China; or from the campaigns against such dams in India that Arundhati Roy helped to lead?

        Yes so many many lessons to be digested from the grand folly of mega-dams projects.The World Commission on Dams
        concluded back in year 2000, that most large dams had inflicted great untold damage to eco-systems so that the actual economic gains from more energy was measured against the losses- of fisheries,livelihoods,and river sediment so important for agriculture, the country actually sustained overall economic loss.

        The World Bank, dam companies, big business and economists have time after time exaggerated the benefits of hydro-power and either ignored or minimised the economic value of a free-flowing river.

        The Oxford Report on 254 large dams studied worldwide published in 2014 provides more data on this as well as the
        Constanza Report.

        Our Mekong and our Salween documentaries both cite this 2014 report.i suggest you order our DVDs via our PayPal account

        todas bien
        hasta Luego

        Tom Fawthrop
        email

        >

        Leave a Reply

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      on any other environmental /health or the politics of water resources along the
      Mekong or the Salween in Myanmar then please send your order for DVDs
      to : and will we send you details

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  12. humanistfreethinker Reply

    Can any lessons be drawn from the recent construction of the enormous 4 Gorges megadam in China; or from the campaigns against such dams in India that Arundhati Roy helped to lead?
    2 generations ago, not long after the horrific Longherone dam collapse in NE Italy, an excellent b & w Italian feature film powerfully portrayed the obstinate and fatal arrogance of its design engineers, in defiance of local warnings and protests.
    Meanwhile, in NW Italy, over half the power for the FIAT factories during the ” Economic Miracle” was generated from hydroelectricity, managed at the time by AEM – Turin’s Municipal Energy Authority – which managed the city’s main energy source; and also assisted Ghana’s government in building the Volta dam.
    Engineers from Turin’s Egyptian Museum organised the raising of the temples in the Nile valley threatened by the Aswan dam.
    What ethical principles and complex priorities are involved in sustainable economic development projects?
    People’s wellbeing before profit? Transparency in government at all levels? Need for personal competence, responsibility and integrity? Longterm vision? Respect for local people’s memories and opinions? Better school geography lessons?

    • Mekongman Reply

      HAPPY NEW YEAR / SOURSDEY CHNAM THMEI (KHMER)

      Ciao Georg in Turin Italy!

      IN RESPONSE TO YOUR QUESTIONS : E
      Can any lessons be drawn from the recent construction of the enormous 4 Gorges megadam in China; or from the campaigns against such dams in India that Arundhati Roy helped to lead?

      Yes so many many lessons to be digested from the grand folly of mega-dams projects.The World Commission on Dams
      concluded back in year 2000, that most large dams had inflicted great untold damage to eco-systems so that the actual economic gains from more energy was measured against the losses- of fisheries,livelihoods,and river sediment so important for agriculture, the country actually sustained overall economic loss.

      The World Bank, dam companies, big business and economists have time after time exaggerated the benefits of hydro-power and either ignored or minimised the economic value of a free-flowing river.

      The Oxford Report on 254 large dams studied worldwide published in 2014 provides more data on this as well as the
      Constanza Report.

      Our Mekong and our Salween documentaries both cite this 2014 report.i suggest you order our DVDs via our PayPal account

      todas bien
      hasta Luego

      Tom Fawthrop
      email

      >

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  14. Grace McCaughey Reply

    Wonderful information Tom. I have spent 3 months over the last four years on the Mekong. At Chiang Khong. Local feelings are that China will do what it wants and build these 11 dams.
    Would like to promote your DVDs. Are they in English? Any in Thai?
    Cannot work out how to purchase them on your site.

  15. TmFw Reply

    Dear Grace,

    sorry about delay in getting back to u. Now we have new version of my Mekong film out.All my DVDs are in English some have subtitles in Thai /Vietnamese/ Burmese
    please contact and we can arrange to send you DVDs
    best

    Tom

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