Laos dam plan threatens existence of rare dolphin: WWF
Published on Feb 20, 2014 3:27 PM
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - A dam which Laos plans to build across the Mekong River could wipe out critically endangered dolphins in downstream Cambodia, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned on Thursday.
If built, the controversial Don Sahong dam in southern Laos would be just a kilometre upstream of the main stretch of water favoured by the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin, WWF said in a statement.
With an estimated 85 adult Irrawaddy dolphins, Cambodia hosts one of the largest populations of the species - which is recognisable by its bulging forehead and distinctive blunt beak.
Conservationists have called for the suspension of the hydropower scheme, saying any restriction of the waterway will curb the number of fish swimming downstream and cut off the dolphins' main food source.
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