The newly proposed Don Sahong Dam could herald the extinction of the rare and revered Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins. Today, just 85 survive in a small stretch of the Mekong River. The sound waves from the initial explosions to clear tons of rock could potentially kill dolphins equipped with highly sensitive hearing. Later, they would have to survive increased boat traffic, changes in water quality, and habitat destruction.
The Don Sahong Dam is not just bad news for Mekong dolphins: It will have dire consequences for the food security and livelihoods of people who rely on the Mekong River's rich fisheries.
The clock is ticking. Mega First, the developers, have scheduled construction of the Don Sahong to begin later this year. So we must act now.
Sign the petition and tell Mega First that you won't let Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins be dammed.
Dear Mr. Goh Nan Kioh, Executive Chairman of Mega First,
I urge you to immediately suspend any further development of the Don Sahong Dam. The Mekong River is the only home of the Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin and the heart, spirit and lifeblood of the Cambodian people.
If built, the Don Sahong Dam will directly cause the extinction of this important species unique to the Mekong.
If built, the dam will have severe impacts on fisheries, potentially impoverishing more than 60 million people in Cambodia and the Lower Mekong Basin.
There are alternative approaches and technologies that support sustainable management of the Mekong River's resources and can help meet energy needs. Mega First does not need to be the company remembered for permanent and widespread damage to the Mekong River. You can choose to be a trailblazer for sustainable development and demonstrate your leadership as a responsible and forward-looking global citizen.
The Mekong River is a vital natural resource, and I am making my voice heard to protect its future from this destructive dam, for people and for wildlife.
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