Summer field trip programme examines Mekong Delta

Viet Nam News – Foreign and Vietnamese lecturers and postgraduates will conduct research about landslides, river pollution, climate-change adaptation, transnational marriages and Khmer migration as part of the Summer School & Field Trip 2019 from March 18 to 31 in the Mekong Delta. Seven field sites in HCM City, Cần Thơ, Bình Dương, Trà Vinh, Đồng Tháp and Sóc Trăng will Read More…

Sustaining the heartbeat of the Mekong Basin

China Dialogue – The Mekong River is often depicted as originating in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Maps show it flowing downstream through China’s southwest, and then forming the borders of or flowing through Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, before bisecting Cambodia and Vietnam’s Mekong Delta on its 4,500 kilometre journey from the Himalayas to the sea. However, the Mekong has another point Read More…

Review: The river rebels of the Mekong

The Third Pole – In his compelling book, “Last Days of the Mighty Mekong”, Brian Eyler travels down the river, meeting the rebels trying to save it from destruction. The Mekong is the world’s 12th-longest river, second only to the Amazon in terms of biodiversity importance, and the world’s most productive inland fishery. It is also a transboundary river – rising from the Read More…

Farmers profit from breeding crabs amid mangroves

Viet Nam News – Kiên Giang Province’s Farmers Association plans to expand the breeding of ba khía (Sesarma mederi), a mangrove crab species, in protective mangrove forests in An Biên District. In early 2017, the association started the model in the district’s Nam Thái Commune after many of the households suffered losses from raising black tiger shrimp, fish and other kinds of Read More…

Sharing experience with community fisheries between the Mekong and…

IUCN – On December 28-29, 2018, IUCN organised a visit to Kampong Phluk by staff of NTFP-EP, WWF, CEPA and NGO Forum to the Tonle Sap followed by a workshop in Siem Reap.  These four NGOs are part of IUCN NL’s Shared Resources-Joint Solutions (SRJS) initiative to strengthen community-based fisheries and forestry in the Mekong Flooded Forest in Stung Treng and Kratie Province. The field Read More…

Can ASEAN Play a Greater Role in the Mekong Subregion?

The Diplomat – Southeast Asia is often thought of as comprising of two wings, maritime Southeast Asia and mainland Southeast Asia. The five mainland Southeast Asian states of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam make up the Mekong subregion. The Mekong River, which is Southeast Asia’s longest river, flows through all of these five mainland Southeast Asian states and it Read More…

Fake fish invented in Richland will help save real fish worldwide

Tri-City Herald – Mechanical fish developed in Richland have made their way through dams from Ice Harbor near Pasco to the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. Now hundreds more are expected to be deployed around the world, thanks to an agreement to commercialize the technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The fish are just 3.5 inches long, about the size of a larger Read More…

Laos urged to conduct impact studies

Khmer Times – Member countries of the Mekong River Commission have sent a request to the Lao government to carry out thorough impact studies prior to the construction of the Pak Lay hydropower dam in order to minimise risks in the future. Last year, the Lao government suspended the approval of new dams after the collapse of the Se-Pian Se Nam Noi hydropower dam caused dozens of deaths and Read More…

Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake: where fishermen have no fish and no hope

South China Morning Post – As far as bodies of water go, Cambodia is mostly known for the Mekong River. It provides fish and transport for millions of people and has become a romantic locale within Indochina. But there’s another body of water, 130km north of Phnom Penh, that deserves just as much attention. The Tonle Sap Lake, whose annual flood cycle is a crucial part of the Cambodian Read More…

Unlocking Sustainable Community Forestry in the Ayeyarwady Delta

Inter Press Service – In November 2018, GGGI have been exploring potential investments in agriculture, forestry and fishery value chains that not only increase economic and social development, but also reduce deforestation pressures and increase the extent of mangrove forests. GGGI investment, forestry policy and bio-economy specialists have been consulting with communities, NGOs and Read More…