Experts predict Mekong dry season to be severe

VietNamNet Bridge Mekong Delta farmers experienced the worst dry season in history in 2016, and are now  facing another severe season in 2017. A report from the General Department of Irrigation shows that in the 2016 dry season, farmers in the southern part of the central region had to stop cultivating 23,000 hectares of rice because of the lack of water. The drought affected 43,000 hectares Read More…

What’s at stake in China’s plan to blow up islands in the Mekong

The Conversation by Alan Marshall, Mahidol University The pla beuk is a beautiful behemoth; a gigantic toothless catfish with skin smooth and silky to the touch. It’s the largest freshwater fish in the world and, once upon a time, these fish swam the great lengths of the mighty Mekong River from southern China, through Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia, all the way to the river’s delta Read More…

Cambodia’s Lower Sesan 2 Dam Reservoir used to launder illegal…

Radio Free Asia A company owned by business magnate Kith Meng is using its license to clear a reservoir for the Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province as a cover to launder illegally logged timber, according to a report by the country’s police force. Ang & Associates Lawyers, a subsidiary of Kith Meng’s Royal Group, has been logging timber from areas outside Read More…

Mekong Delta faces increased risk of landslides as sediment loss…

VietNamNet Bridge Every year, 55 million tons of sediment is lost from the rivers in Mekong Delta, 90 percent of which is sand. Nguyen Huu Thien, an independent expert, said the Mekong Delta has been taking shape for the last 6,000 years thanks to alluvial accretion. But the volume of sediment in the river and canal system has decreased gradually, leading to an increased risk of landslides. The Read More…

Vietnam struggles to preserve biodiversity

Vietnam Plus Preserving biodiversity in Vietnam was the main topic of discussion at a workshop on May 5 in Hanoi. Nguyen Quoc Dung, from the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development emphasised the need for a strategic framework and action plan for the Core Environment Programme (CEP)’s phase 3 (2018-2022), building a legal framework for Read More…

Climate change threatens water security in Vietnam

Viet Nam News Ensuring water security is becoming an urgent task for Việt Nam in the context of climate change impacting all aspects of life, heard a conference on Wednesday. Held by Việt Nam’s Association of Foreign Invested Enterprises (VAFIE), the Việt Nam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Germany’s Network for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and German Agency for International Read More…

Over 700 illegal fishermen netted in Cambodia

Khmer Times A four-month government campaign has exposed 730 cases of illegal fishing on Tonle Sap lake. Noa Thuok, secretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, said 30 people have been sent to court so far as a result of the inter-ministerial crackdown, which began in December. Community organizations welcomed the action and urged officials to continue efforts to combat fishing Read More…

Illegal fishing task force for Tonle Sap Lake claims success

The Cambodia Daily A government task force set up to curb illegal fishing on the Tonle Sap lake has confiscated more than 60 boats, seized thousands of meters of illegal fishing nets and arrested dozens of fishermen during its four-month campaign, the National Police reported on Wednesday. Prime Minister Hun Sen created the task force in December to crack down on rampant illegal fishing on the Read More…

Diversify food sources, experts tell forum

Khmer Times Cambodia needs to diversify its food sources and improve marine conservation efforts amid dwindling numbers of fish stocks in the Mekong River, which remains one of the main sources of fish for Cambodians, experts said yesterday. During a Sustainable Mekong Research Network (Sumernet) forum in Phnom Penh yesterday, experts said the government needed to improve efforts to ensure the Read More…

IUCN launches wetlands project

Vietnam Net Bridge The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched a regional project to enhance the resilience of wetlands in Lower Mekong countries on the occasion of World Wetlands Day (February 2).       Funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and Read More…