Tonlé Sap Ecosystem is threatened by Development of Hydropower Dams…

Future Directions – Every year, between May and October, floodwaters from the Lower Mekong Basin reverse the flow of the Tonlé River in Cambodia. That pushes sediment-rich waters into the Tonlé Sap Lake and its surrounding floodplains and forests, which support complex food webs, migration patterns and agricultural production. The process, known as the ‘Tonlé Sap pulsing system’, Read More…

Despite Seasonal Floods Now, Experts See Risk of Mekong Drying Up

Radio Free Asia – Two leading experts on water issues in Asia warn that parts of Vietnam’s fertile southernmost areas bordering Southeast Asia’s longest river, the Mekong, are in danger of drying up. At the same time, they say, much of the Mekong is still flooded from seasonal monsoon rains. And citizens in places such as Pakse, the second most populous city in Laos, confront Read More…

Mekong Delta closer to sea than previously thought: study

VN Express – A group of scientists from Dutch Utrecht University discovered recently that the Mekong Delta has an "extremely low mean elevation" of around 0.8 meters above sea level. That is dramatically lower than the 2.6 meters assumed earlier from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Missions data. The region, which spreads over 40,577 square kilometers (over 10 million acres) and is Read More…

Start of Latest Mekong Dam Draws Fears of River’s ‘Tipping…

VOA – Critics of the 1,285-megawatt Xayaburi hydropower dam in northern Laos fear recent upgrades to the controversial project won't be enough to save the Mekong River from a critical tipping point when it starts churning out electricity at full throttle next month. After seven years of construction, it will be the first of 11 dams planned for the river south of China — which has built Read More…

Mekong Delta needs urgent measures to prevent drought,…

Việt Nam News – Immediate measures and long-term plans should be implemented quickly to help provinces in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta cope with drought and saline intrusion, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Lê Công Thành has said. Thành has asked the ministry’s Việt Nam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration to improve the monitoring of Read More…

Mekong: When the river runs dry

The Interpreter – It has been a bad year for the Mekong. An unusually long period of drought has brought water levels to some of the lowest measurements in recent years. There are fears that the drought will have a particularly negative effect on the Tonle Sap River, connecting the Mekong to Cambodia’s Great Lake and which plays a key role in the maturing of the fish stocks on which Read More…

A new dam on the Mekong could cause a biodiversity crisis

Sustainability Times – The Tonle Sap Lake is called the Great Lake by Cambodians for good reason. The scenic lake spans a vast area as the largest freshwater body in Southeast Asia. Its quaint waterborne villages are popular with tourists. Yet Cambodia’s Great Lake does more than just provide for great photo ops. It also provides around 2 million people with their livelihoods, ranging Read More…

Water festival set for November 10-12

The Phnom Penh Post – Thousands of visitors are expected to throng Phnom Penh on November 10-12 for this year’s Water Festival after the National Committee for Organising National and International Festivals announced the dates for this year’s festivities. A letter announcing this year’s dates signed by Minister of Royal Palace Kong Sam Ol on Monday was obtained by The Post on Read More…

Exploring the mysterious source of the Yangtze

Xinhua Net – Meandering rivers snake off into the distance from lofty snow mountains on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, where antelope sporadically appear on marshy grasslands. What stands behind the magnificent highland scenery is a highly complicated ecosystem -- too fragile to restore if damaged. On Aug. 4, more than 20 experts from the country's water conservation departments and scientific Read More…

Something Is Very Wrong on the Mekong River

The Diplomat – The Mekong is reeling from the combined onslaught of climate change, sand-mining, and incessant damming of the river, which combined to help cause the worst drought recorded in over 100 years in July. “This is the worst ecological disaster in history of the of Mekong region,” declared Thai natural resources expert Chainarong Setthachua. The water level in the Tonle Read More…