Cambodia forecast for heavy rains, floods

The Phnom Penh Post — This year’s rainy season could see some provinces in the Mekong River Basin catchment area and the central lowlands along the rivers vulnerable to floods, according to the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology’s first annual Mekong River flood forecast. The forecast was announced earlier this week after a group of meteorologists and hydrologists determined Read More…

Mekong unseasonal water levels endanger nesting birds in Thailand

The Haiger — According to data from the Stimson Center, a Washington DC-based think tank, levels below the Jinghong have been spiking up and down since December, the result of hydropeaking operations. This is when, because of demand peaking during the day, the turbines are shut off overnight with water release restricted until demand spikes the next day. Brian Eyler of the Stimson Center says Read More…

Human Behavior Must Be Factored Into Climate Change Analyses

The Ritz Herald — A new Cornell University-led study examines how temperature affects fishing behavior and catches among inland fisher households in Cambodia, with important implications for understanding climate change. The research, which used household surveys, temperature data and statistical models, revealed that when temperatures rise, people fish less often. At the same time, the Read More…

Google helps tackle plastic pollution in the Mekong River, aided by…

Channel Asia — The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has partnered with Google to fight plastic pollution in the Mekong River, leveraging citizen science and machine learning to understand the magnitude of the problem impacting the longest river in Southeast Asia. Aided by technical advisory support from Google, the CounterMEASURE project will build and deploy a new machine learning model Read More…

People live in fear as Mekong riverbanks collapse

Khmer Times — One recent mid-morning, Lev Pheng Ang, a 52-year-old mother who runs a grocery store on the bank of the Mekong River in Rakar Korng Muoy   commune, Kandal province’s Muk Kampoul district, was running her business as usual when she heard a loud splash in the river next to her store. She thought someone might have driven his or her car into the river. So, she rushed to the Read More…

Mekong Delta provinces promote development of fishery logistics…

Saigon Online — Song Doc Estuary is one of the largest and busiest estuaries in Ca Mau Province, where many fishing boats from inside and outside the province gather to anchor. The largest fishing port of the province – Song Doc – is located here. This port is capable of receiving about 45,000 tons of seafood per year. It has the main wharf of 100 meters in length and a bridge of over 50 Read More…

Thai Villagers Feel Effects of Mekong River Dams

VoA — The Mekong River is Southeast Asia’s longest, passing through China, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. But dams have changed the path of the river system. Now there are droughts during the rainy season and high water when it should be dry. That has affected the lives of people, including those in northeastern Thailand where locals depend on the river for food and Read More…

Summit on future of Mekong to be held

Bangkok Post — Thailand will later this year host the 28th meeting of the council of the Mekong River Commission to discuss ways to mitigate the impact of dams on member countries, Somkiat Prajamwong, secretary-general of the Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR) said. This meeting is expected to be held by the last quarter of this year and will be followed by the 4th summit of Read More…

Climate risk management proves critical to sustaining food security…

PreventionWeb — A USAID-funded Cambodia fisheries project outperformed productivity goals after incorporating climate-sensitive design, including planning for increased risk of drought and extreme heat events. The Feed the Future Cambodia Rice Field Fisheries I (RFF II) project boosts fishery productivity in the Tonle Sap floodplain. Project implementers employed systemic climate risk Read More…

Mekong Delta in crisis due to exploitation of sand and waterbanks

AsiaNews.it — The ongoing sand extraction on the canals of the Mekong Delta is causing serious loss of a lot of agricultural land. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Mekong Delta loses about 300 hectares of land every year due to the erosion of the river banks and the coast. Thus, in ten years the Mekong Delta has lost 3,000 hectares of land. The Read More…