Remote sensing observation to help sustainable development along…

Xinhua Net – China will coordinate with countries from Asia and Oceania to conduct satellite remote sensing observation along the Mekong River, according to the website of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The first international conference of the Asia-Oceania Global Earth Observation System of Systems (AOGEOSS) Initiative concluded on May 18 in Deqing in east China's Zhejiang Province. Read More…

Erosion swallows five houses in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

VN Express – Five houses along a river in Can Tho City were washed away while another 14 partly collapsed on Monday morning as erosion continues to attack Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The eroded area stretches 55 meters (180 feet) long and 10 meters wide along the O Mon River. As locals rushed out of their houses in time, no cases of death or injuries have been reported, but the authorities Read More…

Organisations concerned over rivers’ water quality

Khmer Times – Two international organisations have expressed concerns over water quality in the Sesan, Srepok and Sekong rivers which threatens the livelihood of about 3.4 million people in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam because of human activity and hydropower dam development. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Conservation International, in collaboration with the Read More…

Dong Thap works to cope with erosion

Vietnam Net – From 2017 to early 2018, Dong Thap has recorded 36km of eroded areas along the banks of the Tien and Hau Rivers, encroaching the mainland from 0.5-30m. Compared to 2016, the eroded area increased by 8.3km in length, causing a loss of 13 hectares of land. At the same time, sections with high risks of erosion increased to 66, 10 sections more than in 2016, with an economic Read More…

Groundwork for Champassak embankment making good progress

Vientiane Times – A huge effort is being made to build the foundations of an embankment along the Mekong River in central Pakxe district, Champassak province. The embankment is part of the US$65.6-million Mekong River Integrated Management Project (MRIMP), which got underway in December last year. Project Director Mr Khamphan Simmala told Vientiane Times yesterday that construction of the Read More…

Field notes from “Cambodia’s beating heart”

Conservation International – Nicknamed Cambodia’s “beating heart,” the vast Tonle Sap Lake is Southeast Asia’s largest. Now, the country is trying to stop the loss of its lifeblood: the fish that thrive in these waters. Each year, during the monsoon season, the Tonle Sap more than quadruples in size. For the 3 million people who call its floodplain home, those seasonal floods Read More…

Celebrating the lives and importance of migratory fish

Khmer Times – Not too many of us are aware of the important role of the migratory fish in our ecosystem and livelihood. And more often than not, we’re not too keen to know it at all. This is why the World Fish Migration Day is celebrated annually. The event serves as an active awareness campaign to improve the public’s understanding on the importance of migratory fish, the need for Read More…

More Irrawaddy dolphins found in Mekong River this year

Asia Times – The population of Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River has risen for the first time in years, raising hope for the critically endangered species. Wildlife activists from WWF and the Cambodian government broke the good news on Monday, saying a new dolphin was born last week and there has now been three newborns this year. “Results from a WWF and Government of Cambodia Read More…

Reducing damages caused by salt intrusion in the Mekong Delta

Nhan Dan – The Mekong River Basin is currently in the mid-dry season of 2017-2018. The Mekong Delta is strongly affected by two different tidal regimes in the East Sea and the West Sea. During the tides, if winds (especially the East Sea wind) occur, they would increase the salinity intrusion on the main streams and canals. According to the meteorological and hydrography station in the Read More…

Urgent solutions needed to fight plastic waste ruining oceans and…

Viet Nam News – Land-based solutions are urgently needed to address the leakage of plastic waste into the ocean and other waterways, experts said on Thursday at a workshop held in HCM City. The workshop, organised by the US Consulate General in HCM City on the occasion of Earth Day on April 22, was attended by environmental experts, and representatives from NGOs and government Read More…