Cambodia implements 55 projects through MLC

The Phnom Penh Post — Through Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC), Cambodia has implemented 55 projects worth $21 million, six of which were through the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, according to agriculture minister Veng Sakhon. In a recent Facebook post, the ministry said it had acquired the projects worth more than $2.6 million to solve problems of deteriorating soil Read More…

Five Mekong giant catfish to be released into the rivers

Khmer Times — The Wonders of the Mekong Project along with fisheries officials have received five Mekong giant catfish from a local farmer and that they will be released into the river. The rare fish were raised by a family in Skun village of Choeung Prey district in Kampong Cham province 13 years ago along with some Trey Pra that this family bought them from local fishermen. The fish Read More…

Vietnam struggles to find solutions for extreme dry seasons in Mekong…

PreventionWeb — Citizens and government officials resorted to drastic measures this year to prepare for the annual dry season in Vietnam’s Mekong delta. As debate rages over the causes of and solutions to the drought, the government is building large reservoirs to deal with the increasingly dry delta. Work is expected to begin on a 57-hectare artificial lake in Ben Tre province. Lac Dia Read More…

Study puts 2050 deadline on tipping point for Mekong Delta salinity

Mongabay — A new study has identified 2050 as the tipping point by which stakeholders in the Mekong Delta will no longer be able to mitigate the issue of saltwater intrusion, which has already devastated agriculture in parts of Vietnam’s leading rice-producing region. The study, led by Sepehr Eslami, a senior researcher and adviser at Deltares, a Dutch consultancy, argues that the Read More…

Laos releases millions of fish to ensure food security

The Star — Vientiane plans to release an additional two million fish back into the river to meet the government’s goal of releasing 58 million fish this year to ensure food security. Director of Vientiane Agriculture and Forestry Department, Dr Lasay Nouanthasing said that between 1994 and 2020, over 30 million fingerlings had been released throughout the municipality, and another 2 Read More…

Minister: Protect fish habitat

The Phnom Penh Post — Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon urged an end to the destruction of flooded forests that serve as fish habitat and the use of creeks to plant lotus trees. Sakhon made the call as the Kingdom observed National Fish Day on July 1. “Since 2003, National Fish Day is celebrated every year with the release of breeder fish and fish spawn and Read More…

What are the impacts of dams on the Mekong river?

The Third Pole — China completed its first mainstream hydropower dam on the Mekong, the Manwan dam in Yunnan province, in 1995, and has since planned and built 10 more. Eleven hydropower dams are in various stages of planning and construction in Laos and Cambodia on the mainstream of the Mekong river, along with hundreds of dams on its tributaries. Energy demand is expected to increase by Read More…

Mekong River group urges more data sharing on hydropower operations

CNA — The inter-governmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) has urged China and Southeast Asian countries to share more data on hydropower operations that can contribute to abnormal rises and falls in water levels on the vital waterway. The changes in water levels have affected navigation, river ecosystems and riverbank stability in the region, where tens of millions depend on the Mekong Read More…

Min of Agriculture responds to allegations of loss of fisheries

Khmer Times — The Ministry of Agriculture yesterday responded to criticism and accusations by opposition groups and the media that the decline and loss of fish production is due to the incompetence of the Ministry, the Fisheries Administration and local officials. The criticism also raised concerns over illegal deforestation, flooding, illegal occupation and no measures to release fish Read More…

FAO to assist country’s struggling fisheries

Khmer Times — Cambodia will receive a boost in its efforts to combat climate change and curb illegal fishing after the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) received approval from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement projects in eight countries, including Cambodia. The five projects will benefit from $46.6 million in funding and also sponsor projects in Read More…