Remote sensing observation to help sustainable development along…

Xinhua Net – China will coordinate with countries from Asia and Oceania to conduct satellite remote sensing observation along the Mekong River, according to the website of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The first international conference of the Asia-Oceania Global Earth Observation System of Systems (AOGEOSS) Initiative concluded on May 18 in Deqing in east China's Zhejiang Province. Read More…

Erosion swallows five houses in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

VN Express – Five houses along a river in Can Tho City were washed away while another 14 partly collapsed on Monday morning as erosion continues to attack Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The eroded area stretches 55 meters (180 feet) long and 10 meters wide along the O Mon River. As locals rushed out of their houses in time, no cases of death or injuries have been reported, but the authorities Read More…

Leaked report warns Cambodia’s biggest dam could ‘literally…

The Guardian – A Chinese-backed plan to build Cambodia’s biggest dam could “literally kill” the Mekong river, according to a confidential assessment seen by the Guardian which says that the proposed site at Sambor is the “worst possible place” for hydropower. The report, which was commissioned by the government in Phnom Penh, has been kept secret since it was submitted last Read More…

Organisations concerned over rivers’ water quality

Khmer Times – Two international organisations have expressed concerns over water quality in the Sesan, Srepok and Sekong rivers which threatens the livelihood of about 3.4 million people in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam because of human activity and hydropower dam development. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Conservation International, in collaboration with the Read More…

Dolphins, Fish Stocks Decline Downstream of Laos’s Don Sahong Dam

Radio Free Asia – Irrawaddy dolphins, a freshwater mammal species now making a comeback in Cambodia, are under increasing threat of extinction in neighboring Laos, where their numbers have dwindled to four under pressure from illegal fishing and construction of the Don Sahong dam on the Mekong River, sources say. Distinguished by their large foreheads and short beaks, as many as 18 of the Read More…

Celebrating the lives and importance of migratory fish

KHMER Times – Not too many of us are aware of the important role of the migratory fish in our ecosystem and livelihood. And more often than not, we’re not too keen to know it at all. This is why the World Fish Migration Day is celebrated annually. The event serves as an active awareness campaign to improve the public’s understanding on the importance of migratory fish, the need for Read More…

Can ‘Citizen Science’ Save Vietnam’s Environment From Unchecked…

WPR – In early April 2016, fishermen in Vietnam began noticing something alarming: Dead fish were washing up on the shores of several provinces. Days turned into weeks, and the dead tuna and mackerel kept coming, joined by clams and even one whale. It turned out to be the largest environmental disaster in Vietnam’s history. Fishermen lost their livelihoods, and some people fell ill Read More…

More Irrawaddy dolphins found in Mekong River this year

Asia Times – The population of Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River has risen for the first time in years, raising hope for the critically endangered species. Wildlife activists from WWF and the Cambodian government broke the good news on Monday, saying a new dolphin was born last week and there has now been three newborns this year. “Results from a WWF and Government of Cambodia Read More…

Mekong Delta must develop in sustainable way, or risk serious damage

Vietnam Bridge – Nguyen Huu Thien, an independent expert on Mekong Delta’s ecology, has praised the government’s Resolution on developing the Mekong Delta by 2050 in a sustainable way in the context of climate change. He said the resolution shows a new and reasonable way of thinking in line with the international practice. “This is the best approach currently in the context of Read More…

Solutions sought to drought, saline intrusion in Mekong Delta

Vietnam Plus – Measures to deal with drought and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta region were discussed during a workshop in Bac Lieu province on April 17. Organised by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, the event drew experts, scientists and managers from research institutes and universities, and representatives from regional localities such as Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Hau Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Read More…