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…

Environmental Experts Voice Concern About Effects of Dam Projects in…

Radio Free Asia – Cambodian environmental experts have expressed concern that the country’s various hydropower dams will harm the livelihoods of people who live in the Lower Mekong Basin, especially since the government is permitting investment projects to be built along the country's rivers despite expected negative impacts. Experts attending an international conference on Read More…

Call for ban on Mekong dams

Khmer Times – A group of 50 youth, community and civil society representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand gathered to celebrate the International Day of Action for Rivers in Kratie province yesterday. They used the event in Sambo district to urge the government and the public to protect rivers and stop the construction of dams on the Mekong, which they fear will destroy Read More…

Meeting to counter Mekong River dams

The Nation – Delegations from Mekong River Basin countries will discuss the impact of hydropower dam development on the river on Tuesday in Chiang Rai's Chiang Khong district to mark International Day on Action for Rivers. The international day is designed to raise awareness about the impact of destructive water development projects. The local environmentalist group, "Rak Chiang Khong" Read More…

Mekong riverbanks to be restored

Khmer Times – Mines Ministry officials yesterday announced a project to shore up sections of the Mekong river affected by erosion that threatens families in Kandal province’s Mok Kampol district. Fifty-nine families living along the river say they have been affected by riverbank collapses. Speaking to about 100 people yesterday during a public forum on restoring the riverbank, Read More…

Climate change to challenge Mekong River Delta in 2017

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Signs of growth stagnation in the Mekong Delta in recent years have been blamed on climate change, which has contributed to drought and saline intrusion. The growth rate declined in the 2010-2016 period, especially in the last three years, with considerable decreases in 2015 and 2016 due to climate change effects. The volume of water flowing to the delta has Read More…

After Four Years, Study of Potential Mekong Dam Nearly Finished

Cambodia Daily – The U.S. group studying the potential of what would be Cambodia’s first hydropower dam on the main stream of the Mekong River says its analysis could be finished by the end of the month, clearing the way for more detailed studies backed by business mogul Kith Meng. The Mines and Energy Ministry hired the San Francisco-based Natural Heritage Institute (NHI) in 2013 to Read More…