China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia must find a solution to contain ecological damage already caused by 11 operational dams and another 11 to be built on the lower Mekong.
The water levels in all the Mekong river’s tributaries including Nam Oun, Nam Songkhram and Nam Kam are also very low.
Recent satellite images show a drastic lowering of the water level in the river exposing many islets and sandbars adding as it passes through the ‘Golden Triangle’.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation seized over 10,000 tons of illegal timber during four months of this fiscal year, with Sagaing Region topping the list with over 3,100 tons.
Part of a pair of resolutions that offer creative solutions associated with real life to protect coastal areas in the Mekong Delta in particular and in the country in general.
Has instructed armed forces to provide help to a situation which may be made worse by the test run of the Xayaburi dam on the Laos section of the Mekong River.
This year’s dearth of rain partly explains the sharp drop in water, dams built on the river in China and Laos must also take the blame for stopping water from flowing freely along the river.
Among them, a Chinese company signed five MOUs with the state government in early July to carry out studies in Hakha, the state capital, as well as Matupi, Htantlang and Paletwa townships to build 30MW hydropower plants while a Norwegian company has so far invested US$50 million in three medium-scale hydropower projects of under 30MW to be built in Kanpetlet.
The damage caused by natural disasters to the Mekong Delta region last year was estimated to be nearly VNĐ118 billion ($5.1 million).
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Low water levels caused by dam projects has triggered the death of masses of fish and heightened the risk of mass extinction of aquatic life in the entire Mekong River Basin.