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$1M grant from Luce Foundation launches interdisciplinary program on. Mekong Sustainability 

A Michigan State University interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff is working to foster environmental justice in Southeast Asia. The Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Southeast Asia, or LuceSEA, is providing $1 million in funding to help create the Mekong Culture WELL project. The Lower Mekong ...

Lois Furry, Amanda Flaim

Man spends 15 years on hydropower islet

Mai Van Hao, 61, has lived on the 1.5-hectare islet at the heart of Khe Dien hydropower reservoir since 2003, three years before the investor blocked Nong Son River for construction in Que Ninh Commune, Nong Son District. “When the hydropower dam was built, my home ...

Dac Thanh

Hydropower in Cambodia could threaten food security of region

Farmers and anglers in Cambodia depend on the Mekong River’s predictable seasonal patterns, but new dams for hydroelectricity are altering the hydrology of the river. These changes have the potential to threaten fish migration, livelihoods, and regional food security. Keep reading   ...

Are Chinese-funded dams on the Mekong River washing away Cambodian livelihoods?

Beijing’s spending on hydropower projects is welcomed by many poorer Southeast Asian countries, but it comes with a huge environmental and social cost, experts say. Keep reading ...

Laura Zhou

Flood-based livelihoods to help Mekong Delta’s water storage

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched a project on January 26 on flood-based livelihoods in support of the water storage strategy in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.Keep reading ...

VNA Reporter

World View: China’s Mekong River Dams Criticized for Affecting Other Countries’ Livelihoods

Multiple dams and hydropower projects being built in China on the Lancang Jiang River, which becomes the Mekong River when it leaves China, are having a significant effect on the livelihoods and living conditions of millions of people along the Mekong River in downstream countries. ...

China ‘ready to amend’ Mekong plan

China has acknowledged concerns about the impacts on people’s livelihoods of the Mekong River navigation channel improvement project, while indicating the possibility of amending or even cancelling the project.[] Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pramudwinai yesterday said he had discussed the project with Chinese authorities ...

PRATCH RUJIVANAROM

Dams, mining destabilising Mekong delta — study

The drastic reduction in sediment flow in the Mekong River is threatening the stability of the delta and the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on its resources, says a new study by UNESCO and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).Keep reading ...

Fatima Arkin

Palm oil projects destroy local livelihoods: report

More than 1.8 million acres of palm oil plantations in Myanmar’s southern Tenasserim Division do more harm than good for local Karen villagers, causing land conflict, damaging livelihoods, destroying biodiversity, and polluting the environment, according to a new report. Companies and businesspeople have taken over ...

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