Chinese-backed Cambodia dam devastated livelihoods of villagers,…

South China Morning Post — A massive Chinese-financed dam in Cambodia has “washed away the livelihoods” of tens of thousands of villagers while falling short of promised energy production, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The 400-megawatt Lower Sesan 2 dam in the kingdom’s northeast has sparked controversy since long before its December 2018 launch. Fisheries experts Read More…

Rising Mekong River raises hope for fishers and farmers

Khmer Times — Just two months ago, fishermen in Kampong Cham province’s Kang Meas district had seen their hope dashed when the conservation lake, the last of the six lakes in the district, was drying up. The fishermen’s nightmare was just in the wake of the predicament that fellow farmers had gone through in fighting for water to irrigate their rice fields. Yet, the lost hope of the Read More…

Mekong River group says water levels have decreased downstream…

South China Morning Post — Despite China’s pledge to not restrict water flows from its Jinghong hydropower dam on the Mekong River until the end of this month, water levels in downstream Southeast Asian countries have decreased over the past week, according to the Mekong River Commission (MRC). The intergovernmental commission – which counts Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam as Read More…

Dams and Dredging Mean Bad News for Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

The Maritime Executive — The release of recent research from the Netherlands adds an additional insight into what is happening in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the country’s all-important food producing region that contributes some fifty per cent to its agricultural GDP. In a stark conclusion the research cites 2050 as the Tipping Point when the delta will no longer be able to cope with salt Read More…

Heavy rainfall eases drought effects in Mekong Delta

UCA News — Recorded water levels in the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) saw significant increases during the last seven days as a result of heavy rainfall and sudden water releases from dams, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on July 29. But it said river levels across all monitoring stations remain lower than their alarm or danger points with the region experiencing the third year of a Read More…

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…