Act now to save Mekong

Last week, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) released two reports which once again highlighted the existential threats to the Mekong River.

The reports, titled “Status and Trends of Fish Abundance and Diversity in the Lower Mekong Basin during 2007-2018” (FADM) and “Social Impact Monitoring and Vulnerability Assessment 2018” (SIMVA), were the first comprehensive environmental and social impact studies on the river released by the MRC, an intergovernmental organisation which was established in 1995 to promote regional cooperation along the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB). While in the past, the MRC was widely perceived as a toothless body, it has recently become more vocal in its critique of various development projects along the river.

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