Study puts 2050 deadline on tipping point for Mekong Delta salinity

Mongabay — A new study has identified 2050 as the tipping point by which stakeholders in the Mekong Delta will no longer be able to mitigate the issue of saltwater intrusion, which has already devastated agriculture in parts of Vietnam’s leading rice-producing region. The study, led by Sepehr Eslami, a senior researcher and adviser at Deltares, a Dutch consultancy, argues that the biggest Read More…

FAO to assist country’s struggling fisheries

Khmer Times — Cambodia will receive a boost in its efforts to combat climate change and curb illegal fishing after the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) received approval from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement projects in eight countries, including Cambodia. The five projects will benefit from $46.6 million in funding and also sponsor projects in Read More…

Rains renew Mekong Delta erosion threat

Vietnam Plus — The Mekong Delta region has been threatened by erosion along rivers and canals in recent days, and authorities are taking measures to protect people and property. The delta is entering the rainy season, which can cause more erosion, especially as rains and storms combine with high tides. An Giang province saw 50 metres of land being eroded in two places in Cho Moi Read More…

Siem Reap fishery officials pumping water to save protected fish…

The Phnom Penh Post — Siem Reap provincial Fisheries Administration officials are rehabilitating and pumping water into streams, canals and reservoirs in the Boeung Pearaing breeder conservation area to save fish species. Chan Tong, deputy head of the provincial Fisheries Administration, told The Post on June 6 that hot weather and low levels of water in the conservation area have caused Read More…

World Environment Day: Vietnam preserving Mekong Delta’s ecosystem

Vietnam Plus — The theme of World Environment Day this year being “Ecosystem Restoration” expresses the importance of preserving and developing natural ecosystems in order to sustain a healthy environment for people’s survival. In Vietnam, multiple efforts have been made to assist in the recovery of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as well as conserve those that are still intact, Read More…

‘Mangroves are life’: the female conservationists rewilding the…

Positive News — When storms whip up the waves, sending white horses charging to the shore, mangrove forests are often the first line of defence for coastal communities in the tropics. And with the climate crisis making the weather ever more volatile, people living in these coastal communities are waking up to the benefits of mangrove forests, which also provide a habitat for fish and Read More…

Tonle Sap fish catch declines due to nature and human harm

Khmer Times — The Tonle Sap, which contributed over half the fish produced in Cambodia, is now faced with a serious threat in fish catch due to loss of flooded forest, climate change, upstream dams and illegal fishing activities. Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT)’s Tonle Sap project coordinator Minh Bunly told Khmer Times that the Tonle Sap lake was known to support the thriving Read More…

Downstream Mekong project success proves China’s commitment to…

Global Times — After an in-person visit to China's reservoir and learning dam-building skills, the Mekong River envoys relay how infrastructure projects undertaken by China in their countries, especially hydropower projects, have served local people, boosting their wellbeing and socio-economic development along with other concrete benefits. The Mekong River has a huge elevation difference Read More…

Tonle Sap goes shallow in Siem Reap fishing district

The Phnom Penh Post — The waters of the Tonle Sap River have dried up in the fishing and tourist area in Kampong Phluk commune’s Kampong Phluk village in Siem Reap province’s Prasat Bakong district, affecting the livelihoods of over 700 families who depend on fishing and tourism. Kampong Phluk commune chief Sok Blong told The Post on May 18 that the absence of water had affected the Read More…

France aids Mekong River monitoring program

VN Express — The program is to better serve river monitoring and management of water infrastructure project operations along the mainstream and key tributaries of the Mekong. The Mekong River, which flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, is the lifeblood of millions of people who depend on the river for their livelihoods. But as development accelerates and Read More…