If all the dams currently proposed for the lower Mekong basin are developed, sediment load reaching the delta will fall to 4% of current levels
The battle over the Mekong River has resumed, and it will end badly for one side. Despite continuous government efforts to delay, a decision will have to be made shortly.
A closer look at the paths ahead for the Mekong River Commission.
The Mekong River Commission just completed a Regional Workshop as part of a 7-year, 5.1-million Euro pilot project aimed at showcasing best practice in sustainable watershed management.
Mekong transboundary water issues across four Lower Basin Mekong countries is the subject of a new video by the Mekong River Commission.
“Hydropower development does not kill the Mekong river.” Those words are what Mr Pham Tuan Phan, MRC’s CEO, said to media on the sidelines of a stakeholder forum for the Pak Beng hydropower project . A freelance correspondent for The Mekong Eye interviewed Mr. Pham.
20 million Vietnamese watch the dramatic change in the flow of water and sediment levels threatening their fish stocks and aquaculture. Clearly, China’s upstream dams are contributing to the ecological threats in the delta.
Dams and water diversion projects along the Mekong River threaten to overwhelm an ecosystem that supports 60 million people and thousands of species, according to a consensus of scientists, NGOs and governments. But amidst this pending crisis, the main mechanism set up to protect the river is becoming all but irrelevant.
The Mekong now needs more protection than ever, experts say, but the Mekong River Commission (MRC) – an international body that manages Mekong development and water resource use – has been steadily losing power for years, say current and former employees who spoke on condition of anonymity.