Regional Agenda Set for 27th Mekong River Commission Meeting

Chiang Rai Times — The national committee for the Mekong River on Wednesday approved a framework for discussions at the teleconference-based 27th meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) with Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, that is set to take place next Thursday. Speaking after the committee’s meeting on Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, in his capacity as chairman, said Read More…

WWF report second dolphin found dead in one week

Khmer Times — The World Wide Fund for Nature-Cambodia (WWF) and the Fishery Administration yesterday were alerted to another Irrawaddy dolphin which died in Tboung Khmum province. According to WWF’s statement yesterday, the organisation mourns the tragic loss of a dolphin that was found dead in Roka Knor commune, Krouch Chhmar district. It said that the dolphin’s carcass was Read More…

‘No water, no fish and no farming’, villagers complain

Khmer Times — For more than 15 years, 48-year-old farmer Nhel Chamroeun would wake up early and go fishing in a lake near his village in Kampong Cham province’s Kang Meas district. Later in the day, he would return with a catch of between eight and 10 kilogrammes of fish to sell. However, his daily routine has now become a thing of the past. During the last two years, Chamroeun still Read More…

Explainer: How hydropower dams can help ASEAN fight climate change

CNA — Dams are infrastructures built to control river flow and store large amounts of water in artificial lakes or reservoirs. They are used not only for agricultural water supply and flood control, but also to produce electricity. The water released from dams flows through turbines, whose mechanical energy is converted into electricity by a generator. Since the construction of the first Read More…

Mekong Delta channel to get $56-mln upgrade

VN Express — It said it has approved the VND1.3-trillion ($56.2 million) second phase Cho Gao Channel upgrade entailing dredging and removal of sludge and trash along a 10-km section and construction of roads and revetments. The work is expected to begin next year. The first phase was completed five years ago at a cost of VND786 billion, helping reduce waterway traffic congestion and improve Read More…

Thailand, China and four countries enhance mutual benefits in Mekong…

Pattaya Mail — Thailand used the 24th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Ministerial Conference to build up investors’ confidence where six countries were pushing for investment and academic projects worth US$78.3 billion. Deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek said the teleconference was organized on Nov 4 for representatives of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Read More…

Mekong Delta localities plant trees, build natural embankments to…

Vietnam Plus — More people in the Mekong Delta are planting trees and building embankments made of natural materials to prevent erosion along rivers and canals. The delta, which has a dense river and canal network, has faced increasing erosion along rivers and canals in recent years because of human activity and climate change. In Hau Giang Province, the Irrigation Sub-department Read More…

Controversial Luang Prabang Dam Construction Well Underway in Laos

Radio Free Asia — Construction of the controversial Luang Prabang Dam on the Mekong River, near the ancient Lao capital of the same name, is making rapid headway, according to Lao energy officials. Access roads, including a 14-kilometer spur to the dam from a nearby highway and a road that circles the site, are nearly 60 percent complete, a new ferry port was recently finished, and a Read More…

Land erosion worsens in the Mekong Delta

Vietnam Plus — The damage caused by landslides in the Mekong Delta provinces has been increasing yearly. Localities such as Ca Mau, Dong Thap, An Giang, Tien Giang, and Bac Lieu have declared a state of emergency because of landslides. Solutions to limit the damage caused by landslides in the Mekong Delta are now a top priority. The Mekong Delta was formed by sand and alluvial soil Read More…

Mekong dolphin population remains steady

Khmer Times — The Fisheries Administration and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) yesterday announced that an estimated 89 Irrawaddy dolphins live in the rivers of Cambodia, according to an official population survey. The survey  is from the 2020 report “The population of Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin in 2020 based on the Mark-Resight Models” which was released at the Fisheries Administration Read More…