Myanmar pins hopes on Chinese investors building a brand new city to entice foreign investment and jobs, but must respond to concerns about transparency and sea-level rise.
The low level of useable water in the Thailand’s four major dams have raised concerns over the likelihood of serious, widespread droughts during the dry season next year.
The manifold consequences of combined threats to the delta, which include bank erosion, recessing coastlines, increasing salinity intrusion, and a loss of mangrove forests, will likely only accelerate if current sand mining practices are maintained.
So far Thailand country has refused to acknowledge its responsibility for causing massive ecological damage to the ecosystem and deal with serious consequences suffered by people downstream.
Vietnam’s state-owned PetroVietnam Power has chosen the site for the $3 billion, 1,460-megawat Luang Prabang Dam. It will flood 23 villages in whole or in part, home to 10,000 people now told to start packing.
The leaders of the Mekong countries presumably are aware of the problems, but the overwhelming desire is not to offend China.
The first problems persistently faced by Vietnam’s agricultural sector is its institutional failures in regulating production, environment regulations, and agricultural input and output markets.