Pulling the plug on power in Cambodia

Bangkok Post – A fisherman lays down his net in Tonle Sekong River, a tributary of the Mekong River, in Cambodia. The river is the site of several new dams, helping power Cambodia's emerging economy. The cityscape of Phnom Penh resembles a work in progress. On a strip of land marking the cross-section of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, a new hotel under construction and empty plots Read More…

Mekong survey draws protests

Bangkok Post – Beijing wants this part of the Mekong 'made smoother' by blasting the islets and outcroppings to smithereens. (Bangkok Post file photo) A network of environmentalists is getting ready to protest against a Chinese government survey of the Khon Pi Long rapids in Chiang Rai. The Chinese team on Tuesday began its 50-day study of the rapids, which lie along the Mekong Read More…

Survey work to begin on Mekong River channel improvement

The Nation – Survey work on the Mekong River navigation channel improvement will begin on Wednesday according to Chiang Rai Provincial Marine Department Office. An official letter from Chiang Rai Provincial Marine Department Office was sent to Rak Chiang Khong Network on Tuesday advising that the Chinese company, CCCC Second Harbor Consultants, will start the survey on the Mekong River Read More…

Foreign paper factory admits to pollution in Mekong Delta

Vietnam Bridge – Chung Waifu, the company’s General Director, has sent a report to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s inspection team about the pollution, including during a trial run of its waste treatment plant on March 7, the province’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment has said. In it, the company admits to causing noise, dust and a bad odour Read More…

Environmental groups call for reconsideration of thermal power plan

VietnamNet Bridge – Under the national plan, 15 power plants would be built in the areas along Hau River, from Can Tho City to Hau Giang province and the seaport between Soc Trang and Tra Vinh provinces. There would also be thermal power plants in Long An province (Long An I and Long An II with capacity of 1200 MW for each) and one plant in Bac Lieu (1200 MW). Ca Mau I and Ca Mau II Read More…

Enormous Fish Make One of the World’s Largest Migrations

National Geographic – Some of the world’s greatest animal migrations take place on land, like the wildebeests traversing the East African plains and caribou crossing the Alaskan tundra. Other epic journeys are made in the air: monarch butterflies seeking mountain shelter in Mexico or songbirds traveling thousands of miles to reach their tropical wintering grounds. But one of the most Read More…

Villagers urged to swap fishing for ecotourism

Khmer Times – The Tourism Minister has called on riverside communities in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces to avoid fishing in areas where dolphins live to attract visitors who want to see the rare creatures. Thong Khon’s call came as the government prepared to open the third annual River Festival in Stung Treng province today. Mr. Khon said the country’s Mekong communities have Read More…

Can the Amazon of Southeast Asia Be Saved?

National Geographic – Zeb Hogan recalls the sense of wonder he felt when, as a fresh-eyed fish biologist, he first came to Southeast Asia some 20 years ago and encountered the Mekong River. Having grown up in the Arizona desert, where the rivers seldom held any water, let alone fish, it was quite the shock for the young Fulbright student to step into the most productive river system in the Read More…

Increasing subsidence threatens farmers’ livelihood in Mekong Delta

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Subsidence has long occurred in the Mekong Delta, been worsening due to underground water overexploitation and threatened the livelihood of millions of farmers, warned scientists at a seminar hosted in Can Tho city on Tuesday. Associate professor Dr. Nguyen Hieu Trung from Can Tho University said that depression had been severer in the delta for recent years Read More…

Vietnam, Cambodia agree to cement friendship, cooperation

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhon co-chaired the event. The two sides reviewed the implementation of cooperation agreements signed at the joint committee’s 14th session and expressed their satisfaction at the growing bilateral friendship and Read More…