Mekong Delta kicks off efforts to save water sources

Viet Nam Net Bridge - Clean fresh water sources in the Mekong River Delta have shown signs of becoming exhausted, and the situation could become even more tragic as underground water is being polluted. An initiative applied at Rotterdam Port in the Netherlands has been shared with Can Tho City in Vietnam. Upp! UpCycling Plastic from the Netherlands, via its subsidiary – UpCycling Vietnam, Read More…

MSU uses $3M NASA grant to find better ways to regulate dams

MSU – Michigan State University researchers, equipped with $3 million from NASA, will investigate innovative methods to improve dams so that they are less harmful to people and the environment. Focusing on the Lower Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia, the world’s largest freshwater fishery and home to 60 million people, the three-year project will use the science of remote sensing and Read More…

New Mekong guidelines lacking, government official says

Phnom Penh Post – A Cambodian representative to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said yesterday that new guidelines for hydropower development agreed to late last month don’t fully address threats to the health of the imperiled waterway. Chheang Hong, a representative of the Cambodian government to the MRC, said in an email that while the guidelines are a step towards cooperation Read More…

Sediment loss in Mekong River killing southern delta

Vietnam News – The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta is home to nearly 18 million Vietnamese people, and is the most important rice field and fishing region of the country. Việt Nam cannot afford to lose it as an agricultural powerhouse, but may be unable to stop just that happening. A recent study conducted by the Agence Francaise de Developpement (French Development Agency – AFD) and the Read More…

Rockies drought another problem for SoCal water supply

The Weather Network – The Colorado River is essential for life in the southwest U.S. and northwest Mexico. It provides water for over 35 million people and over 5 million acres of farmland. Close to 18 million of those residents live in the greater Los Angeles area, the second most populated city in the country. The sixth longest river in the U.S. is 1,450 miles long and drops about Read More…

Mekong Delta seeks to improve water retention through flood-based…

Viet Nam Net Bridge – The project will train and assist farmers in the delta’s Dong Thap, Long An and An Giang provinces to adopt financially attractive, low-risk, flood-based livelihoods as alternatives to unsustainable third rice crops. After three years these area can restore around 6.7 million cubic metres of flood water per year, according to the IUCN, which expects an up-scaling Read More…

Bid to ease hydro dam threats on the Mekong

Khmer Times – Guidelines for mitigating the environmental impact and managing risks of hydropower dams in the Mekong River will be established at the end of March 2018 after discussion between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Forty-five officials from the four countries have been meeting in Vientiane this week to discuss the guidelines. According to statement from the Mekong Read More…

Laos pushes ahead with Mekong dams despite environmental risks

Asian Correspondent – As part of an ambitious bid to boost its hydropower output and become the ‘battery’ of Southeast Asia, the landlocked communist state of Laos now has three dam projects underway along the vast stretches of the Mekong river that wind through its rugged mountainous landscape. The dams being built at Xayaburi, Don Sahong and Pak Beng will likely be joined by others Read More…

Enhancing regional water cooperation

Phnom Penh Post – Water management in the Mekong region is, in practice, dominated by energy objectives. In Cambodia, the priority is to substitute domestically produced hydropower for expensive diesel and electricity imports. In Laos, the priority is to generate revenue by drawing in foreign investment in dams and export excess electricity to its neighbours, with Thailand as its biggest Read More…

Company to probe for minerals close to Mekong River dolphin habitat

Mongabay – An Australian mining company aims to begin searching for minerals, as well as oil and gas, next to part of the Mekong River in Cambodia where the endangered Irrawaddy river dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) lives. The Phnom Penh Post reported the venture today. Medusa Mining is wrapping up terms of a partnership agreement with several Southeast Asian companies to invest $3 Read More…