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MRC takes note of challenges facing Mekong basin

The Mekong River Commission has urged member countries and stakeholders to urgently step up measures to better manage the Mekong river to protect remaining wetlands and riverine habitats. An Pich Hatda, chief executive officer of the MRC secretariat, said in the MRC State of the Basin ...

Pech Sotheary

Hydropower dams linked to poverty and corruption

Countries that rely on large hydropower dams for their electricity suffer higher levels of poverty, corruption and debt than other nations, a study has found. The study by the University of Sussex and the International School of Management in Germany compared the security, political governance, economic development and ...

The tussle with China in the Mekong Basin

Countries in the Mekong Basin, notably those located in the lower part of the river – Asia’s seventh longest – are in need of a collective strategy to secure their future, given China’s control of the upstream part and ongoing changes in global geopolitics. The ...

The tussle in Mekong basin

Countries in the Mekong basin, notably those located in the lower part of the river – Asia’s seventh longest – are in need of a collective strategy to secure their future, given China’s control of the upstream part and ongoing changes in global geo-politics. The ...

Commentary: The Laos dam collapse, and the hidden costs of the Mekong's hydroelectric plans

Beyond concern for the undoubted human costs of the collapse of a dam in Laos, this event once again focuses attention on the long-term effect of the massive expansion of hydropower in the Mekong Basin.  Keep reading ...

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

Women must have say in Mekong dam decisions

On Thursday, International Women’s Day, a recent trip to the Mekong Basin served as a reminder that women’s voices must be central to decision-making on hydropower, and in broader energy planning for Thailand and the region. ...

MAUREEN HARRIS

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. ...

Mekong River Commission Launches Two Joint Projects to Better Manage the Mekong Basin Resources and Address Flood and Drought Issues

The Mekong River Commission launched two joint projects between Cambodia and Lao PDR, and Cambodia and Thailand to better manage the Mekong basin resources and address flood and drought issues, at a kick-off meeting held yesterday in Vientiane.Keep reading ...

Mekong River Commission

Beijing promotes ‘inclusive’ soft power in new Mekong scheme

China planned to utilise the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) as a driving force to build a community in the Mekong basin, while making clear that the LMC would not replace other cooperative schemes in the region, a senior Chinese official said yesterday.Keep reading ...

SUPALAK GANJANAKHUNDEE

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