Chemicals Dumped in River Kill Fish in Laos

Radio Free Asia – Chemicals released into a river by a Chinese-owned banana farm near the Lao capital Vientiane killed over 300 kg of fish in November, prompting warnings by authorities to local villagers not to bathe or fish in the polluted stream, sources in the country say. The release, which occurred between Nov. 7 and 9, has affected the villages of Taohai, Yai-nachalern, and Kua, Read More…

25th meeting of Mekong Council reviews work on river

Viet Nam News – The 25th meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council was convened in Hạ Long City, the northern province of Quảng Ninh, yesterday. It brought together 120 delegates from the council’s four member countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Việt Nam. The commission’s dialogue partners – China and Myanmar, and nearly 25 development partners also sent Read More…

The impact of global, future change on the lives of Tonle Sap…

The University of British Columbia – Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Cambodia’s Mekong basin, is an integral fisheries resource for Cambodians’ livelihoods, food security and trade. UBC IOF scientists Dr. Louise Teh and Dr. Rashid Sumaila, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Guelph, Université Paul Sabatier and University of Battambang, investigated the Read More…

Ministry working group to regulate Mekong fish migration

Khmer Times – The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has set up a technical working group to implement a project to facilitate fish migration in the lower Mekong basin. The technical working group, composed of ten officials, was created in early November but was only announced last week. The group is aiming to prevent fish from migrating to neighbouring countries. The group Read More…

What’s at stake for the Mekong’s fishery

The Asean Post – Originating in the Tibetan highlands and running through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam, the Mekong and its tributaries provide water, food and income for 60 million people. The longest river in Southeast Asia is home to the world’s largest inland fishery. It is estimated that 25 percent of the global freshwater catch is harvested from this river. Read More…

River dwellers’ way of life under threat

Khmer Times – Kampong Chhnang city, Kampong Chhnang province – Kim Heng only knows life on the water and her family of five has invested everything into their way of life here, where she owns a small floating home on the Tonle Sap river. However, her way of life is under threat as authorities move to evict thousands of Vietnamese and Cham families living on the river, citing negative Read More…

Stung Sen wetlands now a Ramsar Site

Khmer Times – The government has designated the 9,293 hectare Stung Sen, a unique wetland along the Tonle Sap, as Cambodia’s fifth Ramsar Site recognised by the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands through a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday. The site is located along the south-eastern edge of the lake. Its low-stature shrub land and surrounding natural Read More…

Lancang-Mekong countries to deepen water resources cooperation

China.org.cn – Representatives from six Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) countries passed an initiative on Friday to enhance cooperation on water resources during a forum held in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province. The Kunming Initiative came at the conclusion of the first Mekong-Lancang Water Resources Cooperation Forum, which aims to facilitate dialogue on water Read More…

Working to save a symbol of human-animal cooperation

Myanmar Times – Fishermen living along the Ayeyarwady River near the Mandalay-Kyauk Myaung area are so familiar with the Irrawaddy Dolphins that share their fishing grounds with, they have given the animals names. Among the most beloved are Gone Ma Gyi, Lel Waing Ma and Shwe Nyi Naung. The dolphins have earned this affection because they help the fishermen increase their Read More…

Why the Mekong matters

The Third Pole – The countries of the Mekong should build a “community of shared future”, said China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in December last year. The Lancang-Mekong Cooperative Framework (LMC) is “practical and highly effective”, he said. “We do not go after a high-profile ‘talk shop’, but a down-to-earth ‘bulldozer’”. China has managed to cement its influence Read More…