Gold panning during the dry season is vital source of income for many Laotian villagers, especially women, who can earn up to US$8.50 per household per day. Gold panning would no longer be possible if the Xayaburi Dam is built.
The complex ecosystem of the mighty Mekong River in the remote province of Xayaboury in northern Laos are the spawning grounds of rich migratory fisheries that feed millions of people along the entire length of the river.
However, this way of life is now threatened. Thailand’s largest construction companies is planning to build a massive hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River. This dam would affect hundreds of thousands of local people directly, and millions more indirectly due to its impact on the Mekong River and its interconnected ecosystems. The Xayaburi Dam, if built, would destroy the river’s complex ecosystems.
International Rivers is calling on regional governments to cancel the project and seek better energy solutions to protect the Mekong River, which is a lifeline for millions in the region. Donate now to help protect the river and people's livelihood.