Resolution aims for sustainable Mekong Delta development

Viet Nam News – Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has signed a resolution to sustainably develop the Mekong Delta as apart of an effort to cope with climate change. The resolution points out that the Mekong Delta accounts for 12 per cent of the national area and 19 per cent of population, contributes 50 per cent of the rice crop, 65 per cent of aquaculture, 70 per cent of fruit, 95 per Read More…

Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian PMs review trilateral cooperation

Vietnam News – Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc yesterday held a meeting with his Lao and Cambodian counterparts, Thongloun Sisoulith and Hun Sen, on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, the Philippines. The leaders reviewed the outcomes of the implementation of agreements reached at the 9th Summit of Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam Development Triangle Area (CLV-9) in Siem Reap in Read More…

Irrawaddy dolphin numbers rise

Khmer Times – “The major threat to the Mekong Irrawaddy Dolphin is illegal fishing,” WWF said. “New proposed hydropower dams on the Mekong mainstream are also a concern to the future survival of the species.” WWF-Cambodia director Seng Teak said that the dolphin is a national treasure and a tourist attraction that must be protected. “WWF-Cambodia is collaborating with the Read More…

Life in Luang Prabang’s slow lane

The Nation – Recognizing the potential for border trade along the Mekong River, sharp-eyed Chinese entrepreneurs have flooded into Laos in recent years pouring billions into mega infrastructure projects as well as luxury hotels and shopping malls. Fortunately, though, they have left the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang relatively untouched and the town has succeeded in retaining its Read More…

Landslides in Mekong Delta could lead to serious flooding

Viet Nam Net Bridge – There are 562 landslide spots in Mekong Delta with total length of over 786 kilometers, according to the General Department of Disaster Prevention and Control. Of these, 40 sites with total length of 131 kilometers are reported as ‘especially dangerous’, i.e. landslides directly threatening dykes’ safety, residential quarters and important infrastructure Read More…

Fight to save key Mekong rapids not over

Bangkok Post – Environmentalists have pledged not to lower their guard against attempts to clear rapids on the Mekong River for better shipping navigation. Advocates for the river's protection said they feel relieved after a plan to blast away the Khon Pi Luang in Chiang Khong district in Chiang Rai has been put on hold by security concerns. The Thai government is worried that the altered Read More…

Golden Triangle is ‘ground zero’ for wildlife trafficking: WWF

The Nation – Rhinos, serow, helmeted hornbill, gaur, leopards and turtles round out the list of endangered species that are openly sold in a region considered “ground zero” in the illegal wildlife trade. The “Top 10 Most Wanted” list is based on surveys by WWF of illegal wildlife markets, shops and restaurants, and reports from TRAFFIC, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Read More…

Viet Nam joins ASEM seminar on water resources management in Laos…

Viet Nam News – Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyễn Bá Hùng yesterday called on the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) to take actions to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Speaking at the sixth ASEM Seminar on Water Resources Management and Sustainable Development, themed “Integrated water resources management for sustainable development,” in Champasak Province, Read More…

Dams threaten Mekong: experts

Myanmar Times – One of the world’s greatest rivers is under threat from unregulated activities in riparian countries, including dam construction, which disrupt the river’s flow and break down its food chains, experts cautioned. They said that if nothing is done to improve the situation, the livelihoods of more than 70 million people living along the Mekong River will be affected. For Read More…

Mekong Delta: Adapt to saltwater intrusion by using aquaculture

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Instead of trying to prevent saltwater invasion and desalinizing, it would be better to adapt to the new circumstances and think of developing aquaculture in Mekong Delta, scientists say. In the Mekong Delta, one of the largest key agriculture production zones in the country, alkaline soil accounts for 18.6 percent of total area, located along the East Coast belt and Read More…