Arriving late is always better than never. So, after years of witnessing the ecology of the Mekong River being choked by the development of hydro-powered dams, communities in this region can have some hope after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the Mekong River Commission (MRC) stepped in and co-hosted the Water Security Dialogue, held in Laos from yesterday until today.
The Mekong River has become a new environmental battleground over water-sharing issues. Many countries have become vocal about how to share the river. The United States government created the Mekong-US Partnership last year and began supporting many Mekong River projects. Meanwhile, China, which has developed over two dozen dams along the upper stretch of the river in its own territory, created the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Forum in 2016.