Solutions to conserving wetlands

Khmer Times — More than 50 government officials, civil society organisations and stakeholders held a meeting yesterday to discuss, share experiences and find solutions for the protection and conservation of Mekong River wetlands to be more effective and sustainable. The meeting was held at the forum on “Mekong Wetland, Water Governance and Climate Change” in Stung Treng Read More…

Aquaculture sector takes off in Cambodia

Khmer Times — Cambodia has seen remarkable increase of aquaculture with in the last decade, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Minister Veng Sakhon, shared the notice recently underlining that Cambodia’s aquafarming rose from 50,000 tonnes in 2009 to more than 300,000 tonnes in 2019. As targeted in the ministry’s strategy, Cambodia aims to achieve Read More…

Thailand offers suggestions for Mekong River protection, dam…

Pattaya Mail — At the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Joint Committee’s meeting, Thailand offered eight suggestions, hoping to push the Lao PDR into upgrading measures to alleviate the impacts on downstream countries of dam construction on the Mekong River. Mr. Somkiat Prajamwong, Secretary-General of the Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR), said a meeting, with representatives Read More…

Illegal fishing still a threat to Irrawaddy dolphins

Khmer Times — Despite strict measures and awareness-raising campaigns dedicated to the protection and conservation of Irrawaddy dolphins, illegal fishing remains persistent on the Mekong River, casting a threat to the already-endangered freshwater species. Mok Ponlok, deputy chief of Kratie Provincial Fisheries Administration, said yesterday the administration has, during the first half Read More…

Conservationist group calls for law enforcement to save Cambodia’s…

XinhuaNet — World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Thursday called for rigorous law enforcement to save Cambodia's endangered freshwater fish from extinction. The result of a rapid assessment showed that Giant Barb, Isok Barb, Giant Goonch, Mekong Tiger Perch, Elephant-ear Gourami and Mekong Freshwater Stingray are among other 35 fish species that were traded and sold at wet markets in Cambodia, as Read More…

Mekong nations urge Laos to review Luang Prabang dam impacts

VN Express — Neighboring countries have called on Laos to consider the cross-border environmental impacts of a hydropower plant it plans to build on the Mekong River. Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand expressed concern after the Mekong River Commission (MRC) completed a six-month consultation process for the Luang Prabang Dam project on Tuesday. The MRC is an inter-governmental organization Read More…

Mekong Under Great Threat

The ASEAN Post — Water levels in Southeast Asia’s largest river may be at its lowest in a century. Low rainfall, high temperatures and poor dam regulations are contributing to a historic low at the Mekong, affecting lives, the region’s agriculture and fishing industries and leading to rapidly drying taps. Chinese dams control the flow of the 4,350-kilometre (km) river which Read More…

Dirty flow: The Covid-19 risk in Southeast Asia’s rivers

ASEAN Economist — If the findings of a new study are to be believed, the novel coronavirus holding the world hostage at the moment poses a greater threat to the health of humans, animals and plants than previously suspected. The study – which still awaits peer-review – suggests that Covid-19 is able to remain stable in contaminated water for up to 25 days, and places a special focus on Read More…

58 aquatic species in Cambodia face extinction

Khmer Times — About 58 endangered aquatic species in Cambodia face  extinction if more effort is not made to protect them. Ouk Vibol, director of the Fisheries Conservation Department of the Agriculture Ministry’s Fisheries Administration, said in an interview with a local media outlet yesterday the population of these species is continuing to decline despite there being laws to Read More…

China pressed on Mekong dams after record low water levels

PhysOrg — China was pressed Tuesday to show more transparency over its dam operations on the Mekong River, months after downstream water levels hit record lows and threatened millions of livelihoods. Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam all battled severe drought last year as the tide of the river fell to record lows—exposing rocks, killing fish and threatening millions of Read More…