Mekong dams threaten the ethnic group of Shan.

Her voice is strong: Nang Shining works to save 40,000 homes

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In southern Myanmar, a dam is being built which will flood an area the size of Singapore and impact more than 200,000 people. Nang Shining grew up in a community that’s threatened by the dam, and has become a powerful voice for the rights of people in her community.

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Mekong Forum Theatre participants

Oxfam brings Mekong communities’ perspectives to the stage

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Local communities can be resettled as a result of the building of dams — and it effects men and women differently. Using a technique called Forum Theatre, the Mekong Regional team demonstrated power dynamics to more than 300 scientists, researchers and global experts .

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Mae Sod leads the campaign against the Lower Sesan 2 dam in Sra Kor village.

Two rivers, two women, one dream

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Women are becoming frontline activists in the battle against the dams that threaten their communities: “We all have one dream. We want to be included in the decisions over the dams. We want our rights to be heard”

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Photo: Savann Oeurm/Oxfam AU

The Lower Sesan 2 Dam will soon flood several Cambodian Communities

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Chhea’s community is threatened by the construction of a large hydropower dam. She shares her concerns and hopes for the future.

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Mekong community fishery

How Cambodian villages protect their fish

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Fish is a fundamental resource for poor Cambodian communities. Easily accessible by communities who live alongside the Mekong river, fish constitutes 75% of Cambodia’s animal protein intake. But this abundance of fish is threatened by illegal fishing activities and destructive infrastructure development.

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Worawan Sukraroek

Our gender champions: a story of Sary and Polin

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The Mekong river is a vital resource for poor and vulnerable people in the lower Mekong region, including essential water for fisheries and agriculture. Major development decisions — like dams — can affect the food security of the surrounding communities. The impacts of development on women and ethnic minorities is of particular concern.

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Photo: Robin Narciso/OxfamAUS

Women’s Voice for Change: Empowering young women to influence decision makers

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Nari is 24 and participates in a local Cambodian program called “Women Talk on Air” — a program that aims to build capacity and empower women to speak their minds to community leaders and decision-makers. She discusses her concerns around hydropower dam construction and the potential impact on an entire community.

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The Impact of Mekong Dams on Women

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One of our areas of work in the Mekong Region is ‘Hydropower and Gender’. But what does the construction of dams have to do with gender relations? Good question. I asked myself the same thing when I started my experience with Oxfam. Not because I didn’t appreciate working towards gender equality, but because I couldn’t […]

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The Mekong Deal: The rich cash in, the poor pay

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By Robin Narciso – an Oxfam volunteer in Phnom Penh What is extreme poverty? Living on under a dollar per day? When you see what the Mekong gives to its people, you understand how it is the river, not a couple of dollars that determines their survival. In Samphin, a small town in the Cambodian […]

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How many villages is your dam worth?

By Robin Narciso – an Oxfam volunteer in Phnom Penh How would you feel if you woke up in the morning to find out that your house AND your job has vanished into thin air? It’s hard for us to imagine in the “developed world”, but it happens every day in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and […]

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Luang Nam Tha Dam, Laos

Validity of environmental report questioned

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A report commissioned by the Lao Government to evaluate the Xayaburi Dam’s compliance with the Meekong River Commissions requirements has been labelled by opposition groups as a “greenwash”.

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Image courtesy The Bangkok Post

The Mekong River is under threat: media updates

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The Mekong River, one of the world’s last great wild rivers, is now under threat from the controversial proposal to build up to twelve dams along its lower reaches. The livelihood and survival of the millions of people and communities who live upon the Lower Mekong could be seriously in danger if the proposed dams […]

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