US raise concerns over China’s upstream dams on Mekong

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02 Mar 2021, 02:18 GMT+10 Asiapacificnews.net

Washington [US], March 1 (ANI): Raising concerns over the dipping water-levels of the Mekong River and upstream dams in China, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ambassador Atul Keshap points out that upstream dams in China that exacerbate droughts are hurting the communities and ecosystems that have relied for countless generations on the Mekong River’s natural flood pulse.

Speaking at the Indo-Pacific conference on Strengthening Transboundary River Governance, Keshap on Saturday (local time) said the conference report launched at the event is excellent and summarizes our work examining the challenges facing the Mekong River basin and its ties to the economies, livelihoods, and culture of nearly 70 million people.

“We remain concerned just as we were in October during the conference–that record droughts and the upstream dams in China that exacerbate them are hurting the communities and ecosystems that have relied for countless generations on the Mekong River’s natural flood pulse,” he said as reported by the Frontier Post.

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Massive boats dredge sand, threaten erosion on rivers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 17:42 GMT+7 tuoitre

Massive boats dredge sand, threaten erosion on rivers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
Two sand-mining boats with dredgers extract sand from the Tra On River, only 100 meters away from the shore, in Vinh Long Province, Vietnam, February 23, 2021. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

Despite facing furious opposition from local residents, a big barge equipped with dredgers is publicly extracting sand off the Tra On River in Vinh Long Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

The barge has mined sand on the river for a few days, residents of My An Village in the province’s Binh Minh Town, said in a report to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday.

As witnessed by Tuoi Tre, a massive boat numbered LA-07135 appeared at the junction of the Hau River and the Tra On River.

It was accompanied by another boat with registration number BTr-7402, with a perceived load capacity of hundreds of cubic meters of sand.

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How can Mekong Delta fly high if no one gives it wings?

By Nguyen Trong Binh   February 22, 2021 | 07:51 am GMT+7 vnexpress

On the morning of May 21, 2000, I woke up to a scene I had never witnessed before.

Nguyen Trong Binh
Nguyen Trong Binh
Những hình ảnh tuyệt đẹp về mưu sinh mùa nước nổi ở miền Tây - Báo Người  lao động

An endless stream of people driving motorbikes and cars from various provinces in the Mekong Delta like Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, and An Giang flooded the roads near my sister’s house in Vinh Long Province: They had come to see the inauguration of the My Thuan Bridge.

I was one of them.

Excited at the prospect of seeing the country’s first cable-stayed bridge, one that spans the Tien River, a major branch of the Mekong, to link Vinh Long and Tien Giang, I had gone to my sister’s house, eight kilometers from the bridge, the previous day, and got up early the next day for the inauguration.

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How Vietnam came to embrace a new vision of the Mekong Delta’s future

Chinese dams under US scrutiny in Mekong rivalry

A tourist walks on the Mekong river bank outside Loei, Thailand, on Jan 10, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

14 Dec 2020 01:27AM(Updated: 14 Dec 2020 06:46AM) CNA

BANGKOK: A US-funded project using satellites to track and publish water levels at Chinese dams on the Mekong river was launched on Monday (Dec 13), adding to the superpowers’ rivalry in Southeast Asia.

The 4,350km waterway – known as the Lancang in China and flowing south through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – has become a focus of competition.Advertisement

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VÌ SAO CÁC ĐẬP THỦY ĐIỆN CÓ THỂ GIÚP ASEAN CHỐNG THAY ĐỔI KHÍ HẬU.

 (How hydropower dams can help ASEAN fight climate change)

Stefano Galelli – Bình Yên Đông lược dịch, mekong-cuulong

Channel News Asia – 11 November 2020

Việc xây cất thủy điện ở Lào bị đình chỉ vì lo ngại Covid-19 lây lan. [Ảnh: Jack Board]

Đập là hạ tầng cơ sở được xây để kiểm soát dòng chảy của sông và chứa một số nước lớn trong hồ nhân tạo hay hồ chứa.

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China commits to share year-round water data with Mekong River Commission

By Reuters   October 23, 2020 | 08:11 am GMT+7 vnexpressChina commits to share year-round water data with Mekong River CommissionA boat of rice in a canal in Hau Giang Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, March 13, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyet Nhi.

China on Thursday signed an agreement with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to share year-round data on the flow of its portion of the vital waterway.

The move came amid concern that Chinese dams may be causing drought downstream in Southeast Asia.

A push for more data from China’s portion of the Mekong River – which Beijing calls the Lancang River – intensified this year after U.S. government criticism that 11 Chinese dams were “hoarding” water and hurting livelihoods downstream, an accusation Beijing denies.

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Germany supplies equipment to monitor Mekong River dam impact

By Viet Anh   September 16, 2020 | 10:02 am GMT+7 vnexpressGermany supplies equipment to monitor Mekong River dam impactsThe Xayaburi dam in the lower Mekong River in Laos. Photo by CK Power/Handout via AFP.

Germany has provided equipment to the Mekong River Commission to monitor the environmental impacts of two mainstream dams on the lower reaches of the Mekong River.

The equipment, worth around $600,000, meant to help monitor the impacts of Laos’s Xayaburi and Don Sahong dams, was handed over on Tuesday as part of the German government’s support for the MRC’s Joint Environment Monitoring of Mekong Mainstream Hydropower Projects (JEM) program, which is now in the pilot stage.

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South-east, Mekong Delta regions to prioritise transport infrastructure

 

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Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung has urged localities in the south-east and Mekong Delta regions to develop transport infrastructure by diversifying the sources of and effectively using capital over the next five years.

 
South-east, Mekong Delta regions to prioritise transport infrastructure
Vam Cong Bridge across Hau River in the Mekong Delta. VNA/VNS Photo

Speaking at a conference on socio-economic development in the two regions, he called on them to lay out their objectives and priorities for public investment in 2021-25 to ensure “focused and effective investment.”

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Mekong Delta province declares state of emergency as waves erode embankment

By Trung Dung   August 28, 2020 | 03:37 pm GMT+7

Mekong Delta province declares state of emergency as waves erode embankment

An embankment section in Tran Van Thoi District of Ca Mau Province in early August, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Trung Dung.

With its coastal embankment threatened by collapse, Ca Mau Province is seeking urgent solutions to save residential areas and farmland.

The province entered a state of emergency Thursday to respond to any damage occurring as a three kilometer (1.86 miles) coastal embankment along its western coast nears the point of collapse due to wave impact.

Authorities have identified four sections as “especially threatened,” measuring 610 and 315 m each in U Minh District, and 1,900 m and 500 m each in Tran Van Thoi District.

“Those sections receive no forest protection. During extreme weather spells, waves would break directly against the embankment, putting it at great risk,” To Quoc Nam, deputy director of the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said.

He confirmed the department is looking into investment projects to help counter the situation.

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Vietnam PM consents to accepting S.Korean ODA for key Mekong Delta road

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 10:32 GMT+7 tuoitrenews

Vietnam PM consents to accepting S.Korean ODA for key Mekong Delta road
A map details the location of the future My An-Cao Lanh road in the road network of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region. Graphic: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s prime minister has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the Ministry of Finance to construct a key road in the Mekong Delta using official development assistance (ODA) loans from South Korea.

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THE US AND THE MEKONG REGION: COOPERATION FOR SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH

By Satu Limaye, East West Center

HONOLULU (29 July 2020)—In recent years, relations with Southeast Asia have emerged as an important pillar of US engagement with the Indo-Pacific region. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is central to US foreign policy in the region, with a growing focus on the five countries bound together by the Mekong River—Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Fishing boats are unloaded on Tonle Sap Lake, which is fed by the Mekong River in Cambodia. Conservationists warn that dam construction on the Mekong could threaten the food supply of more than 40 million people who rely on fish from the river as an important source of protein. Photo: Jason South/Fairfax Media/Getty Images.

As they emerge from a tumultuous history, these countries must confront new elements of great-power competition even as their youthful populations push for economic growth and integration into the wider region and the world. Among other impacts, urbanization, infrastructure expansion, and climate change all affect the Mekong River, the natural resources along its banks, and the 240 million people who live in the region.

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Centenarian kiln kingdom a Mekong Delta cornerstone

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By Quynh Tran   August 4, 2020 | 07:30 pm GMT+7

A village in Vinh Long Province, boasting over a thousand historic kilns, is the largest brick manufacturer in the Mekong Delta.

Laos to move on third Mekong dam project despite neighbours’ green concerns

FILE PHOTO: A local villager drive a boat where the future site of the Luang Prabang dam will be on
FILE PHOTO: A local villager drive a boat where the future site of the Luang Prabang dam will be on the Mekong River, outskirt of Luang Prabang province, Laos, February 5, 2020. REUTERS/Panu Wongcha-um/File Photo

BANGKOK: Laos is pushing ahead with a hydropower project on the Mekong River, despite reservations aired by neighbouring countries over its potential to harm fisheries and farming downstream, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on Wednesday (Jul 10.

The 1,400-megawatt (MW) Luang Prabang project will be Laos’s third and largest dam on the river, with construction originally set to begin this year. Tiếp tục đọc “Laos to move on third Mekong dam project despite neighbours’ green concerns”

Ly hương nơi hạ nguồn Mekong

3h sáng, Đặng Văn Bình mở mắt trong căn chòi nhỏ ven sông ở xã An Phú Trung (Ba Tri, Bến Tre). Dưới bầu trời tĩnh mịch chỉ có tiếng ếch nhái gọi nhau rã rượi. Hai đứa con gái anh, đứa lớn 12 tuổi, đứa nhỏ mới hai tuổi rưỡi vẫn còn đang say ngủ.

Sợ con thức giấc, Bình chỉ đứng bên đầu giường nhìn chúng một lúc, rồi thở dài, bỏ ra phía trước chòi. Thạch Thị Bo Pha, vợ Bình đã thu xếp sẵn cho chồng ba bộ đồ lao động cũ mèm bỏ trong ba lô, mớ cá khô, chục hột vịt, một bao gạo chục ký cùng 600.000 đồng.

Đó là tất cả hành trang của người đàn ông 34 tuổi, cho cuộc tha phương cầu thực cách đó 300 km, giữa mùa hạn mặn khốc liệt, một sáng sớm tháng hai. Tiếp tục đọc “Ly hương nơi hạ nguồn Mekong”