The Thai government announced on 15 January that it is going to open the gates of the World Bank-supported Pak Mun dam for four months of the year. “We are very worried about the way the government excluded the views of the people affected by the dam,” said Chainarong Sretthachau, Thai Director of the Southeast Asia Rivers Network. Local groups have been pointing to award-winning research conducted by villagers detailing the damage to the river ecosystem, and an 11-month Ubon Ratchathani University study which concludes that the gates must be open year-round for five consecutive years for the river’s ecology to be restored.
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