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Improving Food Security Through Capacity Building

Millions of people suffer from food insecurity around the globe. With the help of Earth-observing satellites, the NASA-USAID SERVIR project is hoping to reduce that number. Food security – the consistent availability and affordability of food – is a basic human need, yet it remains elusive ...

Esprit Smith, NASA’s Earth Science News Team

Wet-season dam operations hit Mekong ecology and communities

In early July 2021, Chinese dams began restricting the flow of the Upper Mekong. Researchers and activists say the consequences downstream are unknown and potentially severe. As China celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party on 1 July, the Jinghong dam in Yunnan Province began restricting ...

Tyler Roney, The Third Pole

Chinese dams cloud Mekong River relations

The new Chinese Ambassador to Thailand, Han Zhiqiang compares relations between the two countries and their collective effort to combat Covid-19 pandemic as being “one family”. The ambassador insists he is not exaggerating and said his sentiments resonate with what is happening on the ground. He ...

MONTREE CHANTAWONG

Droughts shrink hydropower, pose risk to global push to clean energy

Severe droughts are drying up rivers and reservoirs vital for the production of zero-emissions hydropower in several countries around the globe, in some cases leading governments to rely more heavily on fossil fuels. The emerging problems with hydropower production in places like the United States, China ...

Sharon Bernstein and Jake Spring, David Stanway

Japan, Mekong states back Cambodia's economic recovery initiative

Japan and other Mekong countries have expressed support for Cambodia’s initiative to establish a joint working group on the Mekong-Japan Economic Recovery Scenarios, according to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation following their latest meeting on August 6. The ...

Voun Dara

Addressing Climate Change in the Mekong-Ganges Region

ollowing the 11th Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC) meeting on July 21, the foreign ministers of the MGC’s six member countries (Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam) agreed on the need to increase cooperation on sustainable water resource management. The ministers pledged to enhance technical cooperation ...

Lohita Solanki

Japan resumes meeting with 5 Mekong countries after suspending it due to Myanmar coup

Japan is expected to use its meeting on Friday with the five Mekong River states to reiterate its commitment to the region, although analysts said it will also aim to reinforce its foreign policy objective of countering China’s influence. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will hold ...

Julian Ryall

Rethinking southeast Asia's energy plans

Big hydropower plants are an important source of clean and cheap electricity for many countries in Southeast Asia. However, dams harm the environment and have dire consequences on local communities. Building more dams would therefore pose major trade-offs between electricity supply and environmental protection. A team ...

SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN

What COVID-19? Synthetic drug trade thrives in Mekong Region

It has been quick to spot opportunities and reduce risks, thriving despite COVID-19. In its own brand of regional integration, it has been connecting the dots across the lower Mekong region as it carves out new ways to cross borders and reach its customers in ...

Johanna Son, Reporting ASEAN

Mekong Development Zones Facilitating Illicit Activities: Report

Economic development zones in mainland Southeast Asia have contributed to a range of illicit activities, including drug trafficking and wildlife trafficking, according to a new report from C4ADS, a U.S.-based research organization. The report, which analyzes 110 economic development zones (EDZs) in the five lower Mekong nations – ...

Sebastian Strangio

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