Mekong Delta needs ecosystem-based solutions to climate change

Vietnam Plus – Ecosystem-based solutions are vitally important for the Mekong Delta to adapt to climate change in the decades to come, speakers said at a seminar held in Can Tho over the weekend. Dr Le Anh Tuan of Can Tho University’s Research Institute for Climate Change, said that ecosystem-based solutions could reduce vulnerability and improve resilience to natural disasters and Read More…

CSU team wins top honour for international fish passage project

Charles Stuart University – A research team led by Charles Sturt University (CSU) has received the Distinguished Project Award for an international project seeking to protect the health and livelihoods of millions of people living in the Mekong Basin of Southeast Asia. The team, led by Dr Lee Baumgartner, and their project titled “Fish passage research and development at low-head Read More…

Helping Fish Move Freely: Study On Target Species And Swimming…

Science Trends – Dams have expanded rapidly in the world. People focus on issues ranging from irrigation, hydroelectric power, water resource allocation, and ecological restoration and believe it will facilitate future operations. Although dams carry out enormous economic benefits and promote the development of society, they also influence the hydrological regime, water chemistry, and Read More…

Researchers seek alternatives to Mekong River hydropower dam

Cornell Chronicle – The Mekong River, flowing from the Tibetan Plateau through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to the South China Sea, is a hotbed of ecological diversity. The roughly 60 million people who live in the region, many in poverty, depend on the river and its tributaries for food and income. But a surge in hydropower projects is threatening to plunge the Mekong River Read More…

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…