Dispute over fish ladders to save species

The Nation – Research to develop a ladder to help native fish navigate upstream in rivers facing major hydropower project construction may be the best hope for preserving fish biodiversity, says an organisation dedicated to fisheries. But at least one leading academic is not convinced. Khom Silpachan, secretary-general of the South East Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC), Read More…

Experts meet over environmental concerns about Ayeyarwady development

The Nation – A group of Mekong experts are sharing their experiences in assessing the value of biodiversity and ecological services of the Mekong with researchers and policy makers in the basin of the Chindwin River, the largest tributary of Myanmar' longest river, the Ayeyarwady during the two-day workshop hosted by the Stockholm Environment Institute. The basin, home to around six Read More…

South-East Asia Builds Capacity on Migration Data for Sustainable…

IISD – The International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL) in the Philippines convened a capacity-building workshop on migration data for sustainable development. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) hosted a workshop showcasing Viet Nam’s experiences with climate risk mapping techniques and adaptive planning to enhance Read More…

Scientists, sediment and mangroves in the Mekong Delta

Voxy – Changes in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta are highlighted in the latest issue of Oceanographywhich features research being done by University of Waikato scientists. Dr Julia Mullarney and Associate Professor Karin Bryan are part of an international team that has been researching the tropical delta that covers more than 40,000 square kilometres in southern Vietnam. They pair have been Read More…

The Future Shape of Mekong Cooperation

The Diplomat – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is the regional, intergovernmental organization tasked with facilitating the sustainable development of shared water resources between the countries of the Lower Mekong Basin – Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Although the organization has been recognized as among the leading multilateral resource management bodies in the developing Read More…

US urged to encourage aquaculture

Fish Update – The US should be more encouraging of responsible aquaculture development, the American trade organisation Ocean Stewards said in a recommendation to the federal government. Responding to a request from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the National Ocean Service for public comments on streamlining regulatory processes, the Ocean Stewards proposed Read More…

Aquaculture limits: shrimp farming destroys mangroves

FIS – Shrimp aquaculture boom has aided thousands of Vietnamese farmers to get out of poverty and it has also contributed decisively to the destruction of its mangroves, vital amphibian forests to curb erosion and sea level rise. Out of the 270,000 hectares that covered the Vietnamese coast in 1980, only 60,000 remain, according to government data. Experts attribute this deforestation to Read More…

‘I Will Lose My Identity’: Cambodian Villagers Face Displacement…

NPR – Cambodia needs energy. Almost half of this Southeast Asian country is without electricity. Work will soon be completed on the country's largest hydropower project to date, the Sesan 2 dam, on the Sesan River, a tributary of the Mekong River near the border with Laos. The dam is an $800 million joint Chinese-Cambodian venture from a company called Hydro Power Lower Sesan 2 Co. Ltd. Read More…

Promoting Sustainable Watershed Management in the Lower Mekong Basin

Relief Web – The Mekong region has witnessed considerable deterioration of watersheds from war, logging, mining, population growth, hydropower and irrigation development, and clearing of terrestrial and flooded forests for agriculture. Some areas of the Mekong basin have lost over half of their original forest cover leading to soil erosion, flash floods, and a decline in the provision of Read More…

Two newborn rare Mekong dolphins sighted in Cambodia: WWF

Xinhua Net – Two newborn Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin calves have been spotted in the Mekong Flooded Forest Landscape in Cambodia's Kratie province, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a statement on Tuesday. Dolphin habitats are in a protected area along the Mekong River in eastern Kratie and northern Stung Treng provinces. The first calf, believed to be two or three weeks old, was Read More…