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Muddying the Mekong: balancing sediment and sustainable development

By Thanapon Piman Bangkok, Thailand, December 20, 2017

Stockholm Environemnt Institute

mekongeye_Muddy river waters are often seen as a sure sign of poor river health, as a result of inappropriate land management practices, or a consequence of extreme rainfall where great quantities of sediment – silt, sand, clay and organic matter – are discharged.

This is a common sight in the major rivers of south-east and east Asia, and has come to characterise rivers such as the Yellow and the Mekong. With its beginnings on the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong flows for 4,300 kilometres, carrying an estimated sediment load of 160 million tonnes before reaching its delta and discharging into the South China Sea. Tiếp tục đọc “Muddying the Mekong: balancing sediment and sustainable development”