Over 150 scientists and farmers from Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam were brought together at a forum held in the southern province of An Giang on August 1 to voice their concerns about hydroelectricity development in the Mekong River.

The forum creates an opportunity for Mekong countries, including Vietnam, to share experiences and discuss measures to mitigate the negative impacts on the environment, economy and society caused by the construction of dams along the river, said Chairman of the Southern Institute of Ecology (SIE), Vu Ngoc Long.

Vice Chairwoman of the Women’s Association in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, Huynh Kim Duyen, cited low water levels, and annual decreases in shrimp and fish volume as obvious consequences of dams.

Participants suggested that investors and governments should be fully aware of the serious effects dam projects have on the river’s natural resources, especially on local food safety and subsistence.

The event was co-hosted by the Vietnam River Network (VRN), the Southern Institute of Ecology (SIE), Save the Mekong Coalition (StM) and An Giang University.-VNA