News from Chiang Khong

Mekong River Information Campaign

A network of environmental groups starts an information campaign on February the 11th at the Golden Triangle near Chiang Saen. In nine days they do a march along the Mekong River down to Wiang Kaeng, explaining local people the impact of industrialization projects on the Mekong River. Particularly the planned dam in Sanyabury (Laos), the dams in China and the blasting of rocks in the Mekong basin are in the focus of the campaign.

They will be about 100 people joining the march. They will arrive in Chiang Khong at the 15th of February. Here they will stay at the Teacher's Camp near the border crossing and performing activities there at the afternoon / evening of the day. On the 16th they will continue their walk to Wiang Kaeng.

The official press release:

Kru Tee - Niwat RoyKaew and ChiangKong Conservation Group and Mekong-Lanna People Network Invite to everyone who love The Mekong River join 1st peace walk for The Mekong River on 11-19 Febuary 2012, start from Golden Triangle - Chiang Saen, Chiang Khong to Padai Wiang Kaen, ChiangRai, Thailand All distance 117 km. 9 days 8 nights.
You can donation please contact: 0899557890 SomKiat KuenChiangSa and mekongpost_editor@hotmail.com 0877178055 more detail please see www.mekonglover.com www.facebook.com/mekonglover

For more information about the Sanyabury dam look here, for general information about the Mekong River look here.

The new bridge project over the Mekong River at Chiang Khong is described here.

For a lively impression of how the Mekong River and it's surroundings look between Huayxai and Luang Prabang in Laos, watch the video "On the Mekong".

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