Water governance

Water rights and legal frameworks

Multimedia Project Launched to Increase Awareness on Bilateral Water Cooperation

Fisheries, delta, wetland, lake and river basins management – officials and community members from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam working on transboundary water issues kicked off a multimedia project last week with regional workshops in Phnom Penh, and discussed how to showcase bilateral ...

Water stress and its link to renewables in ASEAN

The renewable energy sector in Southeast Asia has progressed in leaps and bounds. From the harnessing of biomass to the use of water in generating electricity, there is room for tremendous economic growth as well as the obvious positive of caring for an ailing environment.  Keep ...

Arief Subhan

Six decades of water cooperation puts Mekong basin on track to achieve SDGs

In September 1957, representatives from the four countries in the lower Mekong basin met in Bangkok to take the first steps towards cooperative development and management of their shared water resources. The agreement they signed established the Mekong Committee, the predecessor of the Mekong River ...

Pham Tuan Phan

Tropical neighbours chase energy goals

Water management in the Mekong region is, in practice, dominated by energy objectives. In Cambodia, the priority is to substitute domestically produced hydropower for expensive diesel and electricity imports. Keep reading   ...

JAKE BRUNNER & BRIAN EYLER

Water crises are hitting our economies: Time to hit back with natural infrastructure

With rapidly dwindling water supplies, Cape Town is making headlines as a city in the throes of a crisis. Residents, already experiencing impacts on their businesses and lives, are bracing for the worst as the government is forced to implement draconian water restrictions.  []We are beginning ...

NNL Staff

Lancang-Mekong protection makes gains

Environmental officials and experts from China and five other countries discussed strategic goals to promote regional environmental cooperation along the Lancang-Mekong River in a meeting on Wednesday in Beijing. The river, an international body of water, crosses all six countries-China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and ...

Huang Mingrui

The Mekong, Dammed to Die

In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for ...

Pascal Laureyn

Forget the South China Sea, this is Asia’s real water war

While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability. The Mekong River provides a vital lifeline ...

Benefits flow as nation, World Bank join hands on water management

The World Bank has approved more than 207.2 billion kip (US$25 million) of additional financing for the Mekong Integrated Water Resource Management Project (MIWRM) in Laos. This additional support will continue to improve the country’s national water resource management systems. The Ministry of Finance and the ...

State agencies face legal dispute over Pak Beng dam

Citizens from eight Thai provinces along the Mekong River are suing state agencies because they claim there was inadequate public participation in planning for the Pak Beng hydropower dam, which is being built by Laos.The Thai Network of Eight Mekong Provinces filed a lawsuit in ...

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