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Xayaburi Dam Commences

Mekong residents demand transboundary impacts addressed. The first dam built on the Lower Mekong, Xayaburi, has commenced its commercial operation today with a big splash of advertising on almost every newspaper’s wraps in Thailand, convincing the public that it is in harmony with the nature. Its executive, ...

B.Tribune

‘Water But No Fish’: Cambodia Faces Possible Food Crisis

For centuries, Cambodians have looked to Tonle Sap, both a river and a lake, for dinner. But a repast of grilled river fish, sprinkled with salt and stuffed with lemongrass, may soon be a very special event. Today, “there is only water but no fish,” said ...

Malis Tum

Mekong River falls to critical level, sand dunes emerge

The water in the Mekong River has fallen to a critical level, recorded at only 1.50 metres on Tuesday, lower than previous years. Sand islands are now exposed along many sections of the waterway. Inadequate rainfall has also left many reservoirs in the province at only ...

Pattanapong Sripiachai

Dam Development Is ‘Silencing’ the Mekong River

In five days, the Xayaburi Hydropower Project on the Mekong River in northern Laos will formally begin operations. As the first dam on the lower Mekong mainstream, this marks a turning point for the Mekong River. The Mekong River is 4,350 kilometers (2,703 miles) long, ranked ...

Making Sense of the “Many Mekongs

Political leaders are under constant pressure to introduce new initiatives, because new implies better, and that’s the nature of politics. Even clever repackaging of previous efforts is often not enough. So, it was quite a surprise when, in June 2018, Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ...

Thomas Parks and Ben Zawacki

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

Four countries launch 80th joint patrol on Mekong River

The 80th Mekong River joint patrol, led by China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, started from Jinghong port in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan province on March 19. Five vessels joined the four-day patrol that will involve inspections, a crackdown on drug crimes in key waters, including ...

Joint patrol completes on Mekong River

The 79th joint patrol on Mekong River, led by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, concluded Friday at the Guanlei Port, Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. A total of 154 law enforcement officers from the four countries, in nine vessels, participated ...

Hungarian model for water management adopted for Mekong River

Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya revealed he has visited Hungary and discussed the water management cooperation with the Hungarian government which has agreed to develop five joint projects, including international river management on Danube and Mekong river basins, the management of sediments in rivers, flooding, ...

76th joint patrol on Mekong River completed

The 76th joint patrol on the Mekong River jointly conducted by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand was completed Saturday. Ten vessels and 198 law enforcement personnel participated in the five-day mission that aimed to increase police visibility and enhance security and control of 512 km ...

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