Putting gender equality at the heart of climate action will ensure that vegetable gardens and sustainable development efforts bear fruit.
Fish inhabiting the surface waters of Myanmar declined by about 80 percent between 1980 and 2018 and there was a steep drop in commercially important fish on the seabed.
If Vietnam as ASEAN chair has its way, the Mekong may soon become an ASEAN matter, providing the five riparian countries more leverage in grappling with China’s unilateral hogging of water in the upper reaches of the river.
Apart from the damage it will cause to agriculture and the fishing industry, the now ocean-blue river is naturally hungry for nutrients and will start absorbing sediments attached to its banks.
Will the decision-makers in Vientiane and Phnom Penh forego the hydropower projects that they endorsed many years ago, before environmental impacts were properly understood and when wind and solar power alternatives were hardly conceivable?
Dams are barriers to the migration route of 30 percent of fish species in the Mekong River, and being unable to cross them means that the entire sequence of their natural life is perturbed.
“Dr. Khun Win Thaung of Kachin State said an increasing number of Chinese companies were planting tissue-culture bananas, threatening the community’s way of life.”
The eco-systems and the communities that depend on this Mekong tributary in Laos are facing tremendous changes because of a cascade of seven-dams being built by China’s Sinohydro Corporation.