Only through joint and timely actions can the countries of the Mekong-Lancang river basin overcome the current challenges to protect common prosperity and culture, stated the Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Trần Hồng Hà.
Consumers in South East Asia want businesses to address climate change concerns, reflect their values, and speak out on social issues.
Lancang-Mekong River countries have vowed strengthened cooperation on water resources management as they forge ahead to cope with common challenges in the basin, including drought caused by climate change.
The MRC’s failure to act against dams will further undermine the chance of building resilience along the river
More than 30 TV series from the Lancang-Mekong countries will be broadcast on TV channels and other media platforms in these countries.
Results show that the governments of Vietnam, Myanmar, and Thailand have paid attention to and made efforts to manage water resources of the Mekong River in tandem with the implementation of the SDGs.
The famed Rosewood forests of the Greater Mekong region in Southeast Asia produce dark, richly grained timbers zealously sought after worldwide by manufacturers of luxury furniture, flooring and musical instruments, among other products. But their high value has also made them a major commodity in transnational organized crime.
Plans to further dam the Sesan, Srepok and Sekong tributaries of the Mekong River risk food security and already endangered wildlife
“Moreover, nearly 80% of greenhouse gases emitted by dam reservoirs are methane, the gas which is a highly accelerating agent in causing global warming. In hundred years, dams have produced more methane than rice cultivation and biomass burning.”
As a result, it is impacting the natural flow of water to all riparian countries like India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, etc. “Moreover, with the help of massive hydropower plants on these dams China is attempting to pump out and steal the water of these rivers which actually belongs to the downstream riparian countries,” she said.