Global Food and Water Security Alerts

Future Directions – Projections from the United States Department of Agriculture suggest that higher incomes and lower food prices are likely to contribute to an improved food security outlook for 76 low- and middle-income countries over the next decade. The number of food insecure people living in those countries is projected to decline from 782 million to 399 million over that time. That Read More…

WWF to reduce pollution from coffee production

Sci Tech – Approximately 90% of the Laos’ coffee bean crop is produced in Paksong and Thatheng. The production is largely run by small family owned businesses that rely on coffee production as their only source of income. Coffee is greatly relied on the region which continues to depend on foreign aid. The untreated waste from the coffee production process is polluting the water on the Read More…

Govt looks to ease Mekong dam impacts

Bangkok Post – The Department of Fisheries will roll out a number of measures to help cushion the impacts of dam construction in the upper reaches of the Mekong River on Thai fishermen. Department chief, Adisorn Promthep, said the measures will entail further diplomatic coordination with Laos -- which hosts most of the dams -- and stepping up existing conservation efforts. "We need to Read More…

Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake Under Threat

Asia Sentinel – In July the Mekong River, the precious lifeline for four Southeast Asian countries and China’s Yunnan Province, fell to its lowest levels in 100 years, the victim of increasing climate change, agricultural runoff and a plethora of upstream dams that threaten its existence. The rains have finally come, but the worst casualties of a tamed Mekong are due for Cambodia’s Read More…

Mekong Delta to face earlier, more severe salinity, droughts

Vietnam Plus – Salinity and droughts will come earlier and be more severe than in the 2018-2019 dry season in the Mekong Delta, according to Hoang Phuc Lam, Vice Director of the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting. The rainy season in the Central Highlands and southern regions will last until October, with a high risk of low pressure and storms that go along with heavy Read More…

Resilient Water Supply in the Mekong Delta

GUOPA – Increased salinity of ground and surface water in the Mekong delta puts public water supply at risk. The water supply companies in the Mekong Delta currently rely on both ground- and surface water resources. Groundwater extraction contributes to the process of land subsidence, while land subsidence in turn causes salinity levels in both surface and groundwater to increase. The Read More…

Earth’s largest freshwater creatures at risk of extinction

National Geographic – Some have survived for hundreds of millions of years, but many of the world’s freshwater megafauna—including sumo-sized stingrays, colossal catfish, giant turtles, and gargantuan salamanders—may soon find themselves on the brink of extinction, according to a new study published. For the first time, researchers have quantified the global decline of Read More…

Mekong Delta province issues emergency warning over coastal erosion

VN Express – Severe erosion of a sea section prompted authorities in Ca Mau Province to issue an emergency warning on Tuesday. A 350m-long section of an embankment on the western coast in the southernmost province’s Tran Van Thoi District was eroded following heavy rains, strong winds, waves and high tides over the last few days, said To Quoc Nam, deputy chief of the province's Read More…

Illegal fishing gear seized in Tonle Sap lake crackdowns

Khmer Times – Kampong Chhnang provincial fisheries administration officials on Monday seized 1,580 metres of fishing nets, 900 wooden poles, 47 fishing traps and 100 kilograms of fish during a crackdown on illegal fishing along Tonle Sap lake. Ly La, provincial fisheries administration director, yesterday said officials discovered closed-season fishing activities in 24 areas during the Read More…

Can the US Forge a Stronger Mekong Partnership?

The Diplomat – Last week, as expected, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rolled out a series of ongoing measures designed to strengthen U.S. involvement in the Mekong subregion – a shorthand for the area in mainland Southeast Asia through which the Mekong River, one of the world’s longest and largest rivers, runs. While these steps do reinforce the notion that Washington is attempting Read More…