Questions mount over the Xayaburi Dam’s changes to water and sediment flows as the river swallows farmers’ land.
A Damaged Delta
Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is one of the world’s most at-risk areas from the effects of climate change, posing challenges both for its environment and population in years to come. Photos credit: Luke Duggleby
Mekong Delta ready for fight against climate change
As hot weather peaks, authorities in the Cuu Long (Mekong Delta) region are stepping up efforts to cope with forest fires and salinisation as a response to climate change.
Mekong Delta faces three big challenges caused by climate change
Mekong Delta, the rice granary of Vietnam, is facing three challenges from climate change, unsustainable development and hydropower development, says local ecologist.
World focus on the Mekong Delta
According to studies, 39 per cent of the Mekong Delta could be underwater by the year 2100.
Vietnam PM to share talk on Mekong Delta sustainable development model
Relevant parties will define resources coordinating mechanisms and seek foreign and private support for the effort in both resources and technology.
No strong deterrents for illegal sand mining
Increased awareness of the negative impacts of sand mining has sparked public outrage of late, but it has proceeded apace.
Mekong Delta sinks into the sea
The Mekong Delta is sinking 2.5cm every year because of ground water extraction and unreasonable planning and constructions on the surface.
Struggling with riverbank erosion by Nam Theun 2 dam
Since 2010 the river banks in Phuk Pheua village in Savannakhet province have started to rapidly erode, causing hardship for the village people. The extent of the erosion has increased every year, and each year the rate of erosion seems to be getting worse. This rapid erosion has been caused by the Nam Theun 2 dam, which discharges water into the river upstream of the river.
300,000 Vietnamese coastal residents seriously threatened by forest loss-triggered erosion
Thousands of households along the coast of Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta have been seriously endangered by soil erosion caused by the loss of protective forests.
Since the strip of protective forest, 21 kilometers long, covering the coast of Go Cong District has been ruined, around 300,000 locals and 55,000 hectares of farming land there have been “put under a knife blade” for years.
Houses in the coastal area from the Soai Rap River mouth in Vam Lang Town to Den Do in Tan Thanh Commune are under permanent threat and may be swept away or sunk by erosion any time.
A sea dike of steel concrete was built along the coast to protect local residential areas but it is just a temporary measure since sea waves have continued to encroach on land day by day.