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Dams will impact Mekong River's biodiversity, says report

Dams will impact Mekong River's biodiversity, says report

Updated 23 August 2012, 15:45 AEST

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is ramping up the pressure on Laos to stop work on the Xayaburi dam.

The conservation group has published a report arguing that building the dam will have a dramatic impact on the biodiversity of the Mekong river, which it says, for now, is in a relatively healthy state.

Assurances from the Lao government that construction of the controversial dam was on hold have been contradicted by the Thai developer who says that work has restarted.

Now the International Union for Conservation of Nature has released a major survey of freshwater biodiversity in Indo-Burma and found that while it is still relatively healthy, the Xayaburi and other dams planned for the Mekong could cause a dramatic deterioration in bio-diversity in the near future.

Correspondent: Bill Bainbridge

Speaker: Robert Mather, Head of Southeast Asia Group, IUCN Asia

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