World’s largest snake hunt could destroy Southeast Asia’s biggest…

National Geographic – Her name is Den Yam, but people know her as the “snake lady.” We’ve come to the floating village where Yam, 48, lives deep inside the flooded forest surrounding Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, to talk to her about the world’s largest snake hunt. Sitting on a wooden floor in front of a wall lined with gold-framed portraits of Cambodian royalty, Read More…

Water conflicts worldwide threaten peace amid efforts to preserve…

The Mainichi – Conflicts over water are on the rise across the globe as populations balloon in Asia and Africa, new dams alter river flow patterns, and climate change causes drought in many places. In the face of growing tension, efforts are also underway to preserve water resources for future generations. In August 1995, then World Bank Vice President Ismail Serageldin issued this warning: Read More…

Mekong delta promotes Agritourism with farmer participation

Saigon Online – Dong Thap province at the heart of the Mekong Delta is one of provinces with most farmer participating in agri-tourism. Nguyen Be Tu, owner of Tu ca Linh a 3-hectare agritourism farm in Tam Nong District said in these days, many holiday-makers phoned to experience flood season in Dong Thap Muoi when they can enjoy fishing linh fish and other species of animals. Before, Tu Read More…

The Promise and Pitfalls of Hydropower Development Along the Mekong…

WPR – The collapse of a dam this summer in southeastern Laos, which triggered massive flooding that killed dozens and displaced thousands of people, has brought a renewed focus on hydroelectric dams in mainland Southeast Asia. Proponents of hydroelectric dams argue they will bring benefits in the form of national revenue and power generation for local communities, but they also threaten the Read More…

Dolphin-enabled livelihood on the Ayeyarwady

The Asean Post – On a stretch of the Ayeyarwady river, also known as the Irrawaddy river, near Myanmar’s Mandalay, fishermen from six villages work hand-in-fin with 26 Irrawaddy dolphins in a unique collaboration. Taught to do so since childhood, the fishermen cooperatively fish the river with the assistance of the dolphins. The tradition, origin unknown, is said to have been in practice Read More…

Mekong River faces a damming issue

TTG Asia – Serving as South-east Asia’s most iconic waterway, the Mekong River is the lifeblood 
of the countries it flows through. However, fears are being raised that the 
rampant construction of dams will take a toll on the environment 
and tourism, writes Marissa Carruthers Hen Chanda is enjoying the steadily growing trickle of tourists visiting his home province of Kratie in Read More…

Mekong River Commission implements consultations on Lao hydropower…

Vietnam Plus – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has recently decided to carry out consultations on the Pak Lay hydropower project in Laos, starting on August 8, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Vietnam’s consultation work is being held from August 2018 to February 2019 by the ministry and the Vietnam National Mekong Committee, with a focus on Read More…

Dams spell catastrophe for Cambodia, but an alternative exists

Southeast Asia Globe – The deadly dam collapse in Laos in late July brings Cambodia’s own grand plans for hydropower into question – and thrusts solar power to the forefront of the Kingdom’s quest for energy independence Twelve years ago, a Chinese state-owned company signed an agreement with the government of Cambodia to undertake a monumental feat of engineering: the Sambor Dam, Read More…

An Epic Quest Aims to Find Giant Catfish Babies

National Geographic – Dark morning clouds hang over Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, as Zeb Hogan readies to head out on the muddy Mekong on a different kind of mission. Usually when the University of Nevada, Reno fish biologist—and host of the Nat Geo Wild TV show “Monster Fish”—goes out on the river, he’s in search of aquatic giants. This time he has his sights set on much Read More…

Mekong Delta region makes up 18 percent of GDP

Vietnam News Agency – Mekong Delta localities collected more than 243.2 trillion VND (10.46 billion USD) for the budget in 2016-2018, and made up 18 percent of the country’s GDP, according to an official from the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI). In the period, the region’s average gross regional domestic product (GRDP) growth reached 7.5 percent, while per capita income in Read More…