Franchet’s cotoneaster, is a shrub with hairy leaves that sports white or pink berries in spring and summer and black, purple or red berries in fall and winter. It is originally from China, Thailand and Myanmar.
While the MRC statement was careful to avoid aiming too much ire in the direction of China, the impact of the 11 upstream dams that China has built on the river in Yunnan province has recently become the subject of increasing international attention.
“Continuing this flow pattern could have an impact on river transport, fish migration, agriculture and river weed collection. To help the Lower Mekong countries manage risks more effectively, we call on China and the Lower Mekong countries themselves to share their water release plans with us.”
Brian Eyler, an expert in rivers who is the director of the South East Asia Program at the Stimson Center said China has built several small- and medium-sized dam and as per an analysis of recent data on Chinese dams, “these operations have delivered deeper and deeper cuts to the downstream communities of the once-mighty Mekong river.”
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Mekong Hero at www.MekongHeroes.com, and the winners will be announced at the 2nd Virtual Destination Mekong Summit in May 2021.
Scott Moore, a senior fellow at The Water Center at Penn, said to watch for rising tensions over water use in the basin, which is already beset by sand mining, saltwater encroachment, land subsidence, and a dam-building spree in countries besides China.
Local fishery officials said the water turned blue because it was stagnant, resulting from dam construction in a neighboring country. Without a solution, fish in the Mekong River would be extinct, plankton and dissolved oxygen would decline and its ecosystem would be ruined.
Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) on Tuesday released satellite images showing a drastic drop in the water level of Mekong River this Sunday compared to images captured on January 3.
Beijing’s dam-building has faced criticism outside the country particularly on the Mekong River, which begins on the Tibetan Plateau in China and winds through Southeast Asia.