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Field Monitoring Case Lower Sesan 2 Company on the Closing Gates for Testing Operation First Turbine

Field Monitoring Case Lower Sesan 2 on Company on the Closing Gates for Testing Operation First Turbin e

The field monitoring case of Lower Sesan 2 were on the company on the closing gates for testing operation first turbine at Stueng Treng Province. Based on the announcement of administrative governor of Stueng Treng Province announced on 20 June 2017, the first turbine of Lower Sesan 2 Dam will operate on 15 July 2017, and there will flood to Srekor and Kbal Romeas Village. The field monitoring aim to reach targets area: dam, water, the gate, the generator, cannel, and water flooding surrounding and any construction develop by the company. Another main objective take concerned over the flooding on Srekor and Kbal Romeas Villege which affected by the dam, as well as the new relocation site on how it well prepared for safety place which include the properties, the children, elder people, animal, foods…etc.

 

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On July 15, 2017, our NGOF teams reached to the Lower Sesan 2 Dam to see the Reservoir, water flow, cannel and other construction. We observed that there some construction is ongoing work on the dam and infrastructures, but generally they were operating for their first turbine testing in the morning as the plan. At the Mid-day, we reached to the community of Srekor and Kbal romease to meet the people. There were many concerns raised by the community and they proposed for any solution. For the Srekor and Kbal Meas communities who are not yet agreed to receive compensation for leaving their village, they still retain 3 standing positions: 1) have not yet agreed on compensation 2) refuse not to relocate their houses and leave the old village, even though the flood waters in the village; and 3) request that the provincial authorities and the government do not force them to evict them. With the above 3 standing position, they have five requests and suggestions:

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1) propose a one-month delay until August 15, 2017, so that they are affordable and sufficient time to transport materials from the old village to the safety place where behind their village, to organize safety place and to collect all information on data inventory (assets, households and communities properties). And create a new village on the ground community forestry Srekor red (for the village), which is located Forestry 2 km from the old village and the village Oulengkrosh request and create a new village in the fields long, which is located approximately 5 km from the old village, with the support and infrastructure and public services, as in other place and 3) request for the government and company to conduct study base on the scientific to clarify the new location land not have flood and not overlap to ELC 4) Requesting emergency assistance from government authorities, national and international organizations as well as donors during transportation of materials from old villages to safety place in accordance with the above requested, and 5) request the company to collect the remaining data, assets, families and communities properties with witnesses from CSOs and independent lawyers, and it is just a recognition of the wealth of the people before the flood, not mean that the community accepting compensation from the company.

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