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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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.


Centenarian kiln kingdom a Mekong Delta cornerstone

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”

Mekong Infrastructure Tracker

Resources for understanding the dynamic economic, social, environmental, and political impact of development in the Mekong region


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Overcoming threats to the Mekong’s forests and people

Five countries strive to meet the challenge of forest governance. This special report covers progress, problems and promising solutions.


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Mekong Delta fishers in distress as fish die en masse

By Nguyet Nhi, Hoang Nam   May 11, 2020 | 08:26 am GMT+7

Fishing communities on the Mekong Delta’s Tien River are blaming salinity intrusion for their fish dying in abnormal numbers, inflicting heavy losses.
Mekong Delta fishers in distress as fish die en masse

At the foot of Rach Mieu Bridge, 53-year-old Nguyen Sinh Nhut, owner of five cages of red tilapia fish, stands tired and lost after a day of cleaning up dead fish. He can’t say how many have died in the last month. “The fish just kept dying. I have lost VND10 to 20 million ($427 to 854)  that I have to spend on each cage for food,” said Nhut, who has been farming fish for 18 years on the Tien River, a branch of Mekong River in Vietnam.

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Bồn bồn mùa nắng hạn

Báo Cà Mau – 27/03/2020 10:00

Hiện nay, Cà Mau đang bước vào cao điểm mùa khô. Nắng hạn gay gắt đã khiến cho nhiều diện tích đất sản xuất nông nghiệp bị ảnh hưởng, giảm năng suất, chất lượng, thu nhập của nông dân cũng sụt giảm. Tuy nhiên, tại xã Khánh An, huyện U Minh, mô hình trồng bồn bồn vẫn đang phát triển tốt, cho năng suất cao, mang về nguồn thu nhập ổn định cho người dân.

Bồn bồn là loại thực vật sống ở vùng ngập nước, phát triển rất tốt trên vùng đất U Minh.

Gia đình bà Lê Thị Chung ở Ấp 1, xã Khánh An là một trong những hộ tiên phong thực hiện mô hình trồng bồn bồn hơn 6 năm nay. Với diện tích 3 ha, mỗi tháng bà Chung thu hoạch từ 3,5-4 tấn bồn bồn, bán cho thương lái với giá từ 22.000-25.000 đồng/kg. Sau khi trừ chi phí, bà Chung còn thu nhập hơn 50 triệu đồng. Tiếp tục đọc “Bồn bồn mùa nắng hạn”

The great salt drought desiccating Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Farmers suffer huge losses and communities struggle amid high levels of seawater intruding into the freshwater delta.


Danang, Vietnam – “Well I can tell you, all my fish are dead now.”

Nguyen Thi Bach Vien sounds more resigned than anything else. She is calling from her home in Ben Tre province, a few hours drive south of Ho Chi Minh City in the belly of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, where she has a fish farm and gardens of coconut and pomelo trees.

Vien’s freshwater shrimps and giant river prawns are dying, too.

The 62-year-old has spent her whole life on her land, watching the soil gradually change and the air grow more sweltering every year. Now she fears that she and her husband are likely to be the last of their family to work solely on the farm.

“Dead fish and dead shrimps,” Vien says, “and if we don’t have a solution soon, I think, dead farmers too.”

The issue is water. Salty seawater has intruded into the freshwater Mekong Delta at unprecedented levels this year, to the point at which peoples’ crops and produce simply cannot survive.

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Precision agriculture for smallholder farmers in Vietnam: How the Internet of Things helps smallholder paddy farmers use water more efficiently

“Paddy is our life, but many people don’t want us to grow paddy anymore,” laments Pham Van Tuan, a rice farmer in Can Tho province of Vietnam. “Big people from Ho Chi Minh City say that our paddy is causing climate change and water scarcity in the world.”

Paddy cultivation emits over 10 percent of global agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and consumes 21 percent of the total water volume used for global crop production.  Water is increasingly scarce in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, which has been hit by record droughts in recent years. Solutions that help farmers like Pham Van Tuan to grow rice while drastically reducing GHG emission and water usage would be a game-changer for the Mekong Delta. Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) is one such practice where rice fields are alternately flooded and dried, and water levels kept low during the flooded stage. This irrigation practice reduces water use up to 28 percent and methane emissions up to 48 percent. With such immense benefits, one would expect that this practice is applied far and wide. But that is not so. Why? Tiếp tục đọc “Precision agriculture for smallholder farmers in Vietnam: How the Internet of Things helps smallholder paddy farmers use water more efficiently”

New Evidence: How China Turned Off the Tap on the Mekong River


For three decades, China has been building dams on the upper Basin of the Mekong River, worrying countries downstream that China could one day turn off the tap. New data shows that for six months in 2019, while China received above average precipitation, its dams held back more water than ever — even as downstream countries suffered through an unprecedented drought. These new findings confirm what many had long suspected: China is impounding much more water than it ever has before and is causing erratic and devastating changes in water levels down stream. Tiếp tục đọc “New Evidence: How China Turned Off the Tap on the Mekong River”