Flooding season kicks off in Mekong Delta

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Water levels are rising quickly in areas adjacent to Cambodia in Dong Thap Province, weather forcasting and local authorities have reported. According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre, the water level is currently 2.33 metres at Tan Chau Station at the Tien River and 1.95 metres at Chau Doc Station at the Hau River, 0.2-0.3 metres higher than Read More…

Seminar seeks solutions to climate change in Mekong Delta

Vietnam Plus – A seminar on building plans in response to drought, saline intrusion and flooding which are consequences of climate change in the Mekong Delta region was held in Can Tho city on July 21. Director of the Department of Crops Production Nguyen Hong Son said the agency aims to build a crop structure map for the whole region. However, it cannot cover small areas in the region Read More…

Northeast braces for floods

Bangkok Post – Rivers in several northeastern provinces face the risk of overflowing as water levels have risen by up to a metre a day, flooding plantations and raising the spectre of communicable diseases spreading, officials said on Friday. Somchai Vitdumrong, the governor of Nakhon Phanom province, has ordered residents living along the Mekong River to brace for possible flooding as Read More…

How Saigon and the Mekong Delta Can Confront Climate Change

International – Southern Vietnam is one of the most at-risk regions in the world in terms of the potential impacts of climate change. Both the Mekong Delta and Saigon face growing challenges from sea level rise, flooding, and other water-related issues. Saigoneer spoke with Joep Janssen, a Dutch urban delta expert and author of the 2016 book, "Living With the Mekong: Climate Change and Urban Read More…

Climate change, natural disasters – main challenges of Mekong Delta

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Dong said the region now suffers scarcity of fresh water, saline intrusion, flooding and drought. Its spontaneous urban development and industrialisation and limited transport infrastructure are also one of the shortcomings. He suggested taking multi-sectoral approaches to dealing with the issue based on long-term vision. Former Minister of Natural Resources and Read More…

Cambodia bans sand exports

ASEAN Economist — Environmental NGOs accuse Phnom Penh of damaging and corrupt sand-dredging along its south-west coast and the Mekong River. The sand is largely used in the Singaporean construction industry, despite the damage done to Cambodian communities and ecosystems. A temporary ban was imposed last November, but campaigners allege dredging has continued. Singapore imported more Read More…

Morocco to Cooperate with Mekong River Countries on Water Management

The North Africa Post — Faithful to its south-south cooperation approach, Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to cooperate in fields relating to sustainable water-resource development and management, underscored the Eurasia review in an article. The agreement was signed by Mroocco’s Ambassador to Thailand Abdelilah El Housni and MRC chief Read More…

Regional plan for the Mekong has failed

The Nation – Much has been written about the building of hydropower dams in the upper reaches of the Mekong River and their role in causing droughts in the Mekong delta region in Vietnam. Many environmental and social activists claim Chinese dams have reduced the water flow in the delta, seriously harming rice cultivation and allowing saltwater to seep into soil. Closer scrutiny of the Read More…

Mekong Delta seeks ways for greener Tra fish industry

Vietnam Plus – Mekong delta localities sought to achieve sustainable development for Tra fish farming in Vietnam at a conference in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang on June 23. At the conference, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department introduced to participants Vietnam’s set of standards on frozen tra fish filets and the US’s guidelines on catfish Read More…

This adorable baby turtle blob is bringing hope to Southeast Asia

Mashable – Hello, turtle friend. The months-old blob seen above is an Asian giant softshell turtle. Scientists long thought this species was extinct in the Cambodian portion of the Mekong River — until they discovered some stragglers in the early 2000s. Since then, conservation groups have worked with local communities and officials to boost the wild population of these endangered Read More…