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Over 2,000 senior officials and entrepreneurs from the six countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and GMS development partners gathered here Friday to discuss business outlook, new economic drivers and a private sector development action plan. The six-member GMS, which ...
Nakaisone Souk and women and men in her community earn their living by fishing and farming; they depend on the water resources of the Mekong River Basin for their survival. Nakaisone is from Don Sahong Island in southern Lao. Photo by Savann ...

The Mekong has long cast a mystical spell over adventurers, wildlife experts, and scientists enchanted by its spectacular rapids and waterfalls, along with its endangered dolphins, giant manta rays, and Siamese crocodiles. The river's biodiversity is second only to the Amazon. In recent years, however, ...
The Mekong is the longest river in South-East Asia. Over 70 million people, living in six different countries, depend on this river for their livelihoods. But development is putting the ecosystem here under threat. Sand mines and hydro-electric power stations are changing the water quality, blocking ...
PHNOM PENH -- Japan's ambitious new foreign policy strategy aimed at "bridging" the Southeast Asian mainland and Indo-Pacific regions through aid, trade and infrastructure links has drawn a wary welcome from Mekong area countries concerned about growing rivalry between the major donor ...
The great biodiversity and precious resources of the Mekong are increasingly endangered by the rush to dam one of the world's great rivers. A total of 11 mainstream dams and 120 dams on tributaries are planned, which scientists warn will imperil the already fragile river system. Recent studies call for ...

The Mekong River's lower basin is vast, encompassing parts of Myanmar and Thailand, virtually all of Laos and Cambodia and parts of southern Vietnam, where, after a 3,000-mile journey across five national borders, the mother of rivers divaricates into a complex delta network and drains into the ...
But, Yunnan province is grappling with a hydropower supply glut due to decades of dam development along the Mekong. Fourteen dams have been built along the section of the Mekong River flowing through Yunnan since the first Manwan Hydropower Station was built in 1995, decimating habitats, ... China
The Mekong River, one of the world's longest and resource-rich rivers, deserves international attention and recognition as a frontier with governments and developers -- who see the river an industrial production tool -- on one side and the people who live along its vast waterways and backed ... Climate Change
Thailand's national electricity authority has decided to delay a decision to purchase power to be produced by a controversial Mekong River hydropower dam. The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) said in mid-February that it has delayed a decision to purchase power produced by the Pak ... Climate Change
Barefoot, we climbed the 400 stone steps to the highest white marble stupa encasing the Buddha's relics. Bold statues of the mythical three-headed elephant Erawan guard the shrine, and from this highest point, I could see miles across the flat squares of green to the shimmering complexity of the Mekong, ... Climate Change
Brian Eyler, with the Stimson Institute in Washington, DC, said the move shows a “window of opportunity” is opening for Mekong countries to switch to renewable energy. “To drive this process forward, the region needs local sustainability leaders to work within mainland Southeast Asia and ASEAN,” he said ... Climate Change
For the group of Tibetan youngsters, it was a rare opportunity to see what life is like on the lower reaches of the river known as the Lancang in China, and the Mekong elsewhere. Hailing from Qinghai Province, near the source of the Lancang, the group was part of a youth exchange in the Lao capital of ... Climate Change
One afternoon last year, Ha Thi Be, 67, was sitting with her son in her tiny coffee shop in the town of Hong Ngu, looking out on the lazy Tien River, the main branch of the Mekong in Vietnam. Suddenly, the ground beneath them gave way. The river bank was crumbling into the water. “We shouted out loud ... Climate Change
The Greater Mekong, including Vietnam, is expected to have a colossal US$66 billion poured in to strengthen regional economic co-operation in the next ... The money was upped by $2 billion compared to what ministers of the six Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries - Myanmar, Laos, Viet Nam, ... Climate Change
PHNOM PENH, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia on Wednesday inaugurated its first own-built concrete bridge across a Mekong River tributary in southeastern Kampong Cham province. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said the Koh Pen Bridge, which is ... Climate Change
Residents of a village in Chiang Rai's Chiang Khong district has turned the annual drought into an opportunity by harvesting Mekong weed to sell, earning some Bt500 to Bt2,000 a day, they said. Residents of Ban Haad Krai village in Tambon Vieng said they started harvesting the weed early this month ... Climate Change

CHIANG RAI: Small freight vessels and passenger cruises have resumed services after the water level rose above two metres on a stretch of the Mekong River in Chiang Saen district yesterday, according to the provincial office. Cargo and cruise vessels plying the international river were mostly grounded ... Climate Change
Mekong River is a global hot spot for hydropower development. The economy in the region is growing rapidly and hydropower is broadly seen as a viable source for satisfying growing energy demands. However, the extensiveness of hydropower development has raised concerns on ecological and social ... Climate Change
Local civic groups will seek help from Friends of Nature (FON), a renowned conservation group in China, for its campaign against dam projects on the Mekong River. Rak Chiang Khong, local conservation group based in Chiang Rai province is contacting the Beijing-based FON to seek advice on Chinese ... Climate Change
From sea to source, the Mekong River stretches nearly 5,000 km through six countries. More than 60 million people depend on its waters for survival, and it is second only to the Amazon in its biodiversity. Photographers Gareth Bright and Luke Forsyth spent eighteen months travelling from the Mekong delta ... Climate Change
Hydropower is commonly considered as a clean energy source to fuel Southeast Asian economic growth. However, a recent study published in Environmental Research Letters finds that hydropower in the Mekong River Basin, largest river in Southeast Asia, might not always be climate friendly. The median ... Climate Change
The information was announced at a conference to introduce the programme held by the Ho Chi Minh City Startup and Innovation Support Centre and the Mekong Business Initiative in HCM City on March 2. MIST includes the two sub-programmes – “Startup Acceleration” and “Market Access”. The “Startup ... Climate Change
Worasart Apaipong, director-general of Thailand's Water Resources Department, said yesterday that sharing information would help minimise negative impacts when upstream nations needed to release water from their dams on the Mekong River. Originating in China, the river stretches more than 4,350 ... Climate Change
Member countries of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) are working to develop a master development plan for 2019-23 to strengthen sustainable economic growth and enact better economic management. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said the ... Climate Change
I recently spent a week cruising the Mekong River aboard the Scenic Spirit, a 2-year-old, 68-passenger ship owned by Scenic Cruises, an Australian high-end line with a growing presence in North America. Most of our passengers were from Australia and England; I was one of five Americans on the trip. Climate Change
The Nam Ou River, a longest tributary of the Mekong in Laos, is quiet during the early morning. Community activities, such as fishing and collection of river weeds, are merely a memory. A cascade of dams under construction along the Nam Ou block this important tributary. The once mighty river is being ... Climate Change
The Mekong River, one of the world's largest, traverses six Southeast Asian countries and supports the livelihoods of millions of people. New efforts to provide hydroelectric power to a growing and modernizing population include more than eight proposed main-stem dams and 60 or more existing tributary ... Climate Change
It's served up locally at Pho Mekong House of Noodles, a Vietnamese restaurant located in a sleepy stretch of East Utica between downtown and the thick of Bleecker Street. Kelly Ashe, a graduate student in the occupational therapy weekend program frequents Pho Mekong. She is a Utica native. “Pho is ... Climate Change
STUDENTS from 11 universities of six countries along the Mekong River, including China, competed in the third Youth Innovation Competition on Lantsang-Mekong Region's Governance and Development. The competition was initiated in 2016 to inspire students to work out innovative and feasible projects ... Climate Change
Member countries of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) are working to develop a master development plan for 2019-23 to strengthen sustainable economic growth and enact better economic management. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said the ... Climate Change
(2:45 p.m. GMT) -- The third installment of popular television show 'Cruising With Jane McDonald' returns this week with Jane sailing along Asia's Mekong onboard AmaWaterways' AmaDara. "We are delighted that Channel 5's 'Cruising With Jane McDonald' will feature our Charms of the Mekong river ... Climate Change
I recently spent a week cruising the Mekong River aboard the Scenic Spirit, a 2-year-old, 68-passenger ship owned by Scenic Cruises, an Australian high-end line with a growing presence in North America. Most of our passengers were from Australia and England; I was one of five Americans on the trip. Climate Change
A fisherman in Bung Kan relies on the Mekong River for his catch. The province will have a bridge over the river to connect with central Laos. (Photo by Thini Wannamontha). - +. The Lao government has approached Thailand for financial support for the construction of a new bridge connecting the two ... Climate Change
As the biggest hub of fish farming and processing of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is now facing saltwater intrusion, drought and pollution caused by the industry. The better control of waste mud promises to improve the environment in the region. “We questioned whether we could improve the process of ... Climate Change
Although Mekong River serves as a natural border among countries, it also binds six countries where it flows through: Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Cementing what Mekong has naturally joined together, the Greater Mekong Subregion Economic Cooperation Program was ... Climate Change
Meanwhile, the SET hopes to cater to growing investor interest in the developing Mekong economies by launching a CLMV exposure index. Companies listed on the Thai bourse that generate 10% or more of their sales in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam will be selected. Big names such as Siam ... Climate Change
The Mekong should be on everyone's travel bucket list, and your first glimpse of it - through the stilts of a floating village or between the trunks of a coconut palm forest - stays with you forever. Its journey from China to Vietnam is as wild as you'd expect, winding through tight jungle and rice fields as it passes ... Climate Change
A Cambodian representative to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said yesterday that new guidelines for hydropower development agreed to late last month don't fully address threats to the health of the imperiled waterway. Chheang Hong, a representative of the Cambodian government to the MRC, ... Climate Change
Two of the most critical battle areas of Tet were the northernmost military region of South Vietnam (I Corps) and the southernmost (IV Corps), which contained the Mekong Delta. When Tet occurred, IV Corps became a high priority for the U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) because it was ... Climate Change
Vietnam-focused private equity firm Mekong Capital has announced that its Mekong Enterprise Fund II (MEF II) made a full exit from its investment in Mobile World Investment Joint Stock Company (MWG) at a returns multiple of 57x and IRR of 61.1 per cent, according to a press release. The final block of 5 ... Climate Change
CHIANG MAI, 29 January 2018: Appealing to movie makers, the kind who thrive on YouTube, the Mekong Tourism office officially launched its Mekong Minis at the ASEAN Tourism Forum last week. The best of the videos will win prices and be recognised at the Mekong Tourism Forum that travels to ... Climate Change
KUNMING, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Trade volume between southwest China's Yunnan Province with five countries along the Lancang-Mekong River grew by 13.4 percent year-on-year to reach 81 billion yuan (about 12 billion U.S. dollars) in 2017, customs in the provincial capital Kunming said Thursday. Climate Change
The Phnom Penh Post reported today that Medusa Mining, an Australian company, plans to invest $3 million over four years in explorations for gold, copper, oil, gas and precious stones in tributaries of the Mekong River in Cambodia. Irrawaddy river dolphins, an endangered species of cetacean, live in the ... Climate Change
BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The latest Lancang-Mekong leaders' meeting has proved to be a summit not paying lip service, but yielding tangible results, bringing the countries closer to a community of shared future. Leaders of China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam talked about ... Climate Change
(L-R) Thailand's Prime Minster Prayut Chan-ocha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and Myanmar Vice President Myint Swe pose during the second Mekong-Lancang Cooperation ... Climate Change
Low and lean, the Aqua Mekong — one of two ships belonging to Aqua Expeditions, a cruise line launched a decade ago on the Amazon River — was custom-built for this specific waterway in Southeast Asia. The vessel features just 20 cabins, each with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that reveal every second ... Climate Change
When China and the leaders of nations along the Mekong River meet on Wednesday at the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation summit in Cambodia, a top item will be mapping out a five-year development plan that would include building hydropower dams and other projects for the region – pointing to its ... Climate Change
PHNOM PENH, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's upcoming official visit to Cambodia will be of great significance to Lancang-Mekong cooperation and China-Cambodia ties, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Xiong Bo said in a recent signed article. This year marks the 60th anniversary of ... Climate Change
The route makes its way along the Mekong River from Thailand's Golden Triangle to Vientiane, the ancient capital of Laos, and now UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang. Minor Hotels Dillip Rajakarier CEO said: "Our guests are travellers who desire not just a unique travel experience, but one ... Climate Change


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