Almost all of the forest-based commodities produced in Vietnam are destined for other countries, which through their market requirements and laws, have a growing sway on deforestation-related trends and practices.
For starters, by reducing the flow of freshwater and nutrient-rich sediment from the Himalayas into the sea, these mega-dams are causing a retreat of the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. The resulting seawater intrusion is forcing rice farmers to switch to shrimp farming or growing reeds.
In July, the Fisheries Administration of Cambodia issued a certificate to the Lower Sesan II Hydropower plant in recognition of the company’s achievements in fish protection.
Vietnam may be accelerating solar development and recently scrapped plans for 9.5 GW of coal-fired power in its 2026-30 Power Development Plan, but this promising effort to decarbonize on the supply side has somehow not been adequately replicated on the demand side.
The US is a long-standing partner of Mekong countries in promoting peace and prosperity in the region. Our enduring partnership was on full display last week when the US and Cambodia co-chaired the second Mekong-US Partnership (MUSP) ministerial meeting – an important regional mechanism for addressing shared challenges and strengthening cooperation.
The newfound attention on climate change at the MGC is a recent development, but a necessary one.
While “green” is in vogue today, the next generation must also perceive Thailand’s decarbonisation as transparent and inclusive.
Under the moderate and severe climate change scenarios, the transboundary flood losses will be 2 to 6 times greater in the Ganga-Brahmaputra and Meghna basin; 1.5 to 5 times in the Indus basin: 1.2 to 2 times in the Mekong basin; and 1.1 to 1.5 times in the Amur basin.
Of particular note, and a key aspect of the GWEC report published last week (22 July), is the concept of a transition to an auction. Markets have seen most success by adopting an upfront policy mechanism that provides stability and guarantees for a set of “frontrunner” offshore wind projects — typically in the order of 3-5GW.