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The Mekong region’s urban future: Why learning from a rural lifestyle could build sustainable cities

Urbanization in the Mekong Region is transforming societies that were once dependent upon agricultural production, as they become predominantly industrialized and market-based. As this urban expansion unfolds, it is bringing new challenges to urban and rural communities who are changing their lifestyle and livelihoods in order to adapt. Some inhabitants in the Mekong’s emerging cities haven’t […]

By Mekong Commons

Nong Khai Province, Thailand, September 4, 2015

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Urbanization in the Mekong Region is transforming societies that were once dependent upon agricultural production, as they become predominantly industrialized and market-based. As this urban expansion unfolds, it is bringing new challenges to urban and rural communities who are changing their lifestyle and livelihoods in order to adapt. Some inhabitants in the Mekong’s emerging cities haven’t fully let go of their rural traditions and habits, raising the question is it bringing a more sustainable lifestyle to established urban communities?

When you walk through the streets of the region’s cities you can see how the people’s behavior, customs, culture and way of living are still partly rural. Urban fishermen, for example, in towns and cities along the Mekong River and its tributaries are part of the urban/rural landscape, but why are they fishing there?

 

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