After a two-day international conference and two days of ministerial meetings, the story out of Siam Reap this week is of escalating problems, but uncertainty about actions.
As hydropower projects continue to be built along the Mekong, fishing communities living near the Tonle Sap river in Cambodia say their way of life is already changing.
MRC says Mekong River dams will cut GDP by US$28 billion, aggravate food insecurity and poverty, and reverse the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
China has a colonial agenda with Laos. It provides aid and investment, but both come at the cost of Laotian sovereignty.
The code should include three main components: confidence building measures, preventive diplomacy and dispute settlement mechanisms.
Sustainability key as two bodies discuss future management of vital waterway.
The $US66 billion project wish list and more from the ministerial and side meetings that took place in Hanio
Steady as she goes, says MRC’s Chief Executive, to achieve sustainable development along the Mekong.
Their 5-year Hanoi Action Plan, with Regional Investment Framework of 226 subregion development projects worth 2 trillion baht are on the table.
The call for a moratorium on dam-building is the least risky option and only way to protect Mekong fisheries and its riparian people.
The Mekong River ecosystem has been devastated from rising water levels during the dry season, as upstream dams in China discharge water to facilitate navigation.
Hydroelectric dams in several countries on the mainstream of the Mekong River has seriously impacted people living along it, a forum heard last week.