There are six native species living in the Lancang River. Of the six, four of the species have been successfully propagated. Two are still work in progress.
Considering the devastating downstream social and environmental effects of these dams, could these dams be part of a strategy to develop a “hydraulic empire,” maintaining regional power through control over access to water, while also relocating and assimilating minority peoples?
Despite the wins in Cambodia, Goichot says the Mekong remains “in a state of stress that is pretty alarming.”
With rapid economic development, exponential population growth, urbanisation, industrialisation, and increased agricultural production in the region, the demand for water and river-based resources has dramatically increased, which gives rise to environmental degradation, resource scarcity, and struggles among diverse groups of resource users including local people, development agencies, conservation organisations, and private sectors, and between upstream and downstream nations.
None of the 11 countries in the ASEAN bloc scored above RSF’s ‘difficult situation’ designation. Singapore and Laos were also included in this designation of countries with the worst press freedom in the world.” “
While many markets, including the United States, Europe, and East Asia, shift away from coal, Chinese banks, energy and construction companies remain committed to financing and building dozens of plants in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
After visiting the Nuozhadu and Jinghong hydropower stations, built on the Lancang River – upstream of the Mekong River that links six riparian countries – in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, last week, envoys learned about the running techniques of Chinese-built dams and underlined the potential contribution of reservoirs to downstream communities in regulating flood and replenishing drought.
Aided by technical advisory support from Google, the CounterMEASURE project will build and deploy a new machine learning model capable of uncovering a more detailed and accurate view of plastic pollution in the river.
Authorities stated that sand mining had not collapsed the riverbank, but locals say the riverbank had never collapsed before the sand mining moved to the section of the river.