Water governance

Trends and challenges

Water and power: Mega-dams, mega-damage?

‘Water grabbing’ refers to a situation in which public or private entities are able to take control of, or reallocate, precious water resources for profit or for power — and at the expense of local communities and the ecosystems on which their livelihoods are based.[] Many ...


JICA helps build circulars on water environment management

Experts from the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) have assisted the Việt Nam Environment Administration (VEA) in building circulars on water environment management in river basins.Keep reading ...

Hydro dams pace alarming

The inter-governmental consultation on the Pak Beng project, the third hydroelectric dam planned to be built on the Mekong River in Laos, tells us a lot about the future of dam building on this mighty international waterway.Read more ...

Billion-dollar dams are making water shortages, not solving them

Dams are supposed to collect water from rivers and redistribute it to alleviate water shortages, right? Not so fast. It turns out that in most cases they actually create water scarcity, especially for people living downstream.Almost a quarter of the global population experiences significant decreases ...

The Mekong and the battle for the ‘Mother of Rivers’

For wildlife enthusiasts in the region, these are exciting times. A horned lizard and rainbow-headed snake were among 163 delightful new species documented last year by scientists alongside 10 endangered Irrawaddy dolphin calves. Fewer than 90 Irrawaddy dolphins exist on the planet.But all is not ...

Scourge of mass fish deaths strikes again

One morning at the end of April, Nguyễn Văn Phú, a resident in Nguyên Khê Commune, Hà Nội’s Đông Anh District, woke up shocked to find that the fish in Nguyên Khê Lagoon had died en mass.He suspected polluted water in the lagoon was the ...

Vietnam struggles to find solutions to prevent landslides

Resources have been applied to prevent landslides in the Mekong Delta, but the problem has proven to be difficult to solve. In recent years, the riverbank erosion and coastal landslides have been taking away 500 hectares of land in the Mekong Delta every year, according to ...

Factories urged to follow wastewater regulations

Some factories in the Mandalay Industrial Zone still fail to treat their wastewater to conform to regulations, the region’s Department of Environmental Conservation said. Its assistant director U Thant Zin Tun said the problem has been ongoing since May last year when factories, including four ...

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