International environmental group WWF has called on the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to convene an emergency meeting in order to discuss the possible environmental impact of the Don Sahong dam in Laos, on which work is expected to begin as early as next month. Jim Leape, WWF’s international director-general, said in a statement that the MRC—an intergovernmental body made up of officials from Cambodia, Laos, Thai*land and Vietnam—would be rendered useless if the Don Sahong dam were to move ahead without any prior discussion. “The MRC was effectively broken in November last year when Laos decided unilaterally to
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