Chinese company consults locals over Mekong blasting

Chinadialogue – The red-robed monk sat impatiently at the front of the consultation meeting in Chiang Saen, northern Thailand. Once the representatives from China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) had finished their presentation he stood up and scolded them for taking too long. He disputed their description of the Thai-Lao-Myanmar stretch of the Mekong as “primitive”. Read More…

Laos urged to conduct impact studies

Khmer Times – Member countries of the Mekong River Commission have sent a request to the Lao government to carry out thorough impact studies prior to the construction of the Pak Lay hydropower dam in order to minimise risks in the future. Last year, the Lao government suspended the approval of new dams after the collapse of the Se-Pian Se Nam Noi hydropower dam caused dozens of deaths and Read More…

From Tibet to the ‘Nine Dragons’, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is…

Reuters – In the dead of night, the entire front half of shopkeeper Ta Thi Kim Anh’s house collapsed. Perched on the sandy banks of the Mekong River, it took just a few minutes for one half of everything she owned to plunge into its murky depths. “Our kitchen, our laundry room, our two bedrooms, all gone,” said Kim Anh, speaking amongst the twisted metal and rubble of her house, Read More…

China bans exotic fish release into Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve

CGTN – Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Qinghai Province imposed a permanent ban on the release of non-indigenous fish species into the Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve. The ban was implemented on Jan.1, 2019 to protect local ecology in China's largest natural reserve, the Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve. The Sanjiangyuan National Nature Reserve, or the Three Read More…

Unlocking Sustainable Community Forestry in the Ayeyarwady Delta

Inter Press Service – In November 2018, GGGI have been exploring potential investments in agriculture, forestry and fishery value chains that not only increase economic and social development, but also reduce deforestation pressures and increase the extent of mangrove forests. GGGI investment, forestry policy and bio-economy specialists have been consulting with communities, NGOs and Read More…

Troubled waters

The Nation – Mekong’s future remains uncertain as Thailand lights fuse on rapids-blasting project As a new year dawns, the waters of the Mekong River remain turbulent with uncertainty. While many take holidays and prepare for the new year, the people of the Mekong face an unknown future. Earlier this month, residents along the Mekong in Chiang Rai were preparing to participate in a Read More…

Dams threaten traditional way of life in Mekong Basin

Nikkei – Sak Siam, 69, chief of Chnok Tru, a village in central Cambodia, is worried. The floating village of about 1,700 households is located on a tributary of the Mekong River. "The villagers will be unable to survive if the fish catch decreases further," he said. Hydroelectric dams constructed or under construction up the Mekong, in China and other countries, have changed the flow and Read More…

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation could play bigger role in regional river…

Xinhua Net – Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) could play a bigger role in the protection and development of the Lancang-Mekong river, Cambodian experts and officials said in recent interviews with Xinhua. Te Navuth, secretary general of the Cambodia National Mekong Committee (CNMC), said that for Cambodia, the main concerns over the Lancang-Mekong river's protection are climate change, Read More…

Hundreds of fish species identified in the Mekong

Khmer Times – The Mekong River Commission has recorded nearly 500 species of fish in the Mekong river basin, with the majority of them native to Cambodian territories. Previously, the MRC and researches had estimated that there were 1,148 species of fish. However, MRC said in a news release yesterday that it has updated its Mekong Fish Species Database by identifying 474 species of Read More…

Cambodia hails opening of country’s largest dam despite opposition

Phys.Org – Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Monday opened the country's largest hydropower scheme, swatting aside dire warnings about the environmental impact of the $780 million project and its effect on local communities.  Backed by Chinese funding, the impoverished Southeast Asian nation has embarked on a dam-building spree in recent years, as it tries to boost its energy capacity Read More…