Mekong Infrastructure Tracker

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

PROJECT INFO

The Mekong Infrastructure Tracker platform is the premier resource for researchers to track, monitor, and quantify the development of energy, transportation, and water infrastructure assets and the social, economic, and ecological changes they bring to South East Asia. The Mekong Infrastructure Tracker was developed with support from the USAID Mekong Safeguards activity led by The Asia Foundation, with funding provided by USAID. Find data by browsing or searching, build new geographic information products, and explore existing maps and apps.

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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.

EU

Overcoming threats to the Mekong’s forests and people was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of RECOFTC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

 

RECOFTC’s work is made possible with the continuous support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Monitoring the Quantity of Water Flowing Through the Upper Mekong Through Natural (Unimpeded) Conditions

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The Eyes on Earth report, Monitoring the Quantity of Water Flowing Through the Upper Mekong Through Natural (Unimpeded) Conditions,  published this week by Pact, shows that deviations from normal flow patterns began to occur with the operation of the first large hydropower dam on the Upper Mekong mainstream in 2012. Using satellite data on the Upper Mekong from 1992 to 2019, matched against daily measurements of river height downstream at Chiang Saen, Thailand, the research shows unusual fluctuations in recent years. The report concludes that cooperation between China and the Lower Mekong countries to simulate the natural flow cycle of the Mekong could potentially improve low-flow conditions and benefit all communities in the Mekong River Basin.

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Mekong River dams could slice 0.3 pct off Vietnam’s GDP: report

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By Phan Anh   March 31, 2020 | 11:27 am GMT+7

Mekong River dams could slice 0.3 pct off Vietnam's GDP: report

A satellite image on January 3, 2020, shows Xayaburi Dam sitting astride the Mekong River, which has turned blue due to drought and other factors reducing sediment, near the town of Xayaboury, Laos. Photo by Reuters.

Hydropower dams on the Mekong River are expected to reduce Vietnam’s GDP by 0.3 percentage points due to their impact on fisheries and agriculture.

Sand overexploitation of Mekong River raises worries for Mekong Delta

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The loss of sand has caused erosion and increased salinity as well as subsidence in the Mekong Delta.

The studies of the Mekong River by Prof Stephen Darby from Southampton University found that within several years, the river bed fell by several meters on a section of hundreds of kilometers in length.

Sand overexploitation of Mekong River raises worries for Mekong Delta

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Mekong Delta stays alert for severe drought

By Hoang Nam   January 4, 2020 | 04:45 pm GMT+7

Mekong Delta stays alert for severe drought

A farmer in a paddy field hit by drought in the Mekong Delta’s province of Soc Trang, June 2019. Photo by VnExpress/Thanh Nguyen.

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is bracing severe drought and salinity in the coming months, and local authorities have been told to take every step possible to mitigate the damage.

For this dry season, which has already started in southern Vietnam and normally lasts until late April, drought conditions are likely to be more severe, resulting in more salinity in the delta, which spreads over 40,577 square kilometers (15,670 square miles).

The nation’s most fertile region for long, the Mekong Delta has been called the Vietnam’s rice granary. It is also the nation’s aquaculture hub.

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Gravest threat to Mekong delta today is sediment starvation not rising seas

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Posted on 10 December 2019

New research shows that the increasing vulnerability of the Mekong delta to floods, salt intrusion and erosion is caused by insufficient sediment in the river not climate-induced rise in sea levels.

Published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, the findings of the Rise and Fall Project at Utrecht University are clear: the growing threat to the Mekong Delta – and the communities, cities, rice fields and biodiversity that depend on it – posed by higher tides and salt intrusion is almost entirely due to the loss of river sediment because of upstream dams and sand mining in the delta.

Rising tides in the delta have major ramifications for flooding in subsiding and increasingly vulnerable cities, and river bank erosion. While sea level rise and climate change have received most attention in relation to the sinking and shrinking of the Mekong delta, the research shows that in the last 20 years, they have driven less than 5% of these trends.
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Vietnam – “Rise and Fall” toward a sustainable Mekong Delta

>> Bài liên quan: Biện pháp đo độ cao mới cho thấy biến đổi khí hậu có thể nhanh chóng nhấn chìm đồng bằng sông Cửu Long

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Hanoi, 24 October 2019 – The Mekong Delta is one of the most vulnerable deltas to climate change, particularly sea level rise. However, the social and economic developments in the region also have a significant impact on the land. Urbanisation, land-use transformation, intensification of economic activities and human protection against natural disasters has led to the large-scale extraction of fresh groundwater, heavy loading of infrastructure, upstream dykes and dam construction as well as loss of habitat and biodiversity. These human activities have accelerated the sediment starvation, salinisation, land subsidence and erosion. The Rise and Fall research program, a cornerstone in the Vietnam – the Netherlands delta collaboration, addresses these challenges with the Dutch multi-disciplinary approach in delta management by following four lines of research: fresh groundwater reserves, saline intrusion to surface water, land subsidence and governance. This research program plays an important role in the development of strategies and policies for the sustainable development of Mekong Delta with the significant findings as follow.

Mekong delta is much lower than previously assumed

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VƯỢT QUA THAY ĐỔI KHÍ HẬU Ở ĐÔNG NAM Á BẰNG KỸ THUẬT CỔ ĐIỂN VÀ HIỆN ĐẠI

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Số đập tăng vọt trong lưu vực Mekong, như đập nầy ở Thái Lan, được dự đoán là sẽ thay đổi lưu lượng sông trong những năm sắp đến, có khả năng làm nhiều vùng trở nên khó sống. [Ảnh: Jack Kurtz/Zuma]
Keo Yeun gật đầu với 2 thanh sắt rồi với vũng nước đục ngầu gần đó. Vừa nhún vai vừa nói: “Nó không phải là phép thần thông. Tôi đang làm thí nghiệm về nước để sống còn.” Tiếp tục đọc “VƯỢT QUA THAY ĐỔI KHÍ HẬU Ở ĐÔNG NAM Á BẰNG KỸ THUẬT CỔ ĐIỂN VÀ HIỆN ĐẠI”

Liệu kế hoạch mới cho phát triển năng lượng của Thái Lan có làm thay đổi hiện trạng vùng Mê kông

English:  Will Thailand’s New Power Development Plan Change the Mekong Status Quo?

Thái Lan đang tiến đến một lịch trình mới nhất cho Kế hoạch phát triển năng lượng quốc gia. Một bước ngoặt đột ngột của những báo cáo thông tin mâu thuẫn cho thấy một sự tranh luận nội bộ sôi động về việc trục của Thái Lan sẽ lớn đến đâu trong việc xoay hướng đến năng lượng tái tạo nội địa và đi xa khỏi năng lượng nhập khẩu từ các nước láng giềng Lào và Myanmar. Kế hoạch phát triển năng lượng (PDP), được chỉnh sửa mỗi 3 năm, được phát hành vào tháng 9 năm 2018. Việc phát hành hợp thời như giá công nghệ thay thế như năng lượng gió và mặt trời đang thấp kỷ lục và đang tiếp tục giảm. Đưa đến nhu cầu liên tục cho sự mở rộng của ngành điện, Thái Lan và các quốc gia khác ở khu vực Mekong đang ở vị trí tốt để tân dụng lợi thế của giá cả thấp này nếu những chính sách đúng được đưa ra.
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Community-based tourism and new livelihoods in Vietnam

Visitors to Camn Thanh in round bottom boats operated by locals as part of their community-based tourism. Credit: HanoiTV.vn

By Tran Thuy Binh

Can Thanh, Vietnam, September 17, 2018

Despite knowing the damage she was causing, Nguyen Thi Vang still walks through the coral reef in the Tam Hai sea to collect seaweed for her daily meals. “When I walk, I heard its broken sound and I feel painful,” said Nguyen. “Yet I need seaweed.”

When seaweed dies it floats on the water. But due to high demand locals pick the seaweed while it is still alive, walking over and often breaking parts of the coral reef. While the harvest season traditionally starts in May, Nguyen and other locals collect earlier. “People from other communes come and if we do not harvest they will collect it all,” said Nguyen. Tiếp tục đọc “Community-based tourism and new livelihoods in Vietnam”

Sông Mekong sẽ là Biển Đông thứ hai?

03/01/2018 13:50 GMT+7

tuoitre.vn TTO – Kế hoạch 5 năm phát triển sông Mekong thuộc cơ chế Hợp tác Mekong – Lan Thương (LMC) do Trung Quốc khởi xướng đang gây lo ngại trong giới chuyên gia, đặc biệt là về động cơ chính trị của Bắc Kinh.

Sông Mekong sẽ là Biển Đông thứ hai? - Ảnh 1.

Người dân đánh bắt cá trên đoạn sông Mekong chảy qua thủ đô Vientiane của Lào – Ảnh: AFP

Tháng 12-2017, ngoại trưởng 6 nước khu vực sông Mekong nhóm họp ở thành phố Đại Lý thuộc tỉnh Vân Nam (Trung Quốc) để thông qua đề cương kế hoạch 5 năm phát triển dòng sông này. Dự kiến các nhà lãnh đạo sẽ chốt lại đề xuất trong cuộc họp dự kiến diễn ra cuối tháng 1-2018 ở Campuchia. Tiếp tục đọc “Sông Mekong sẽ là Biển Đông thứ hai?”

The Mekong river under THREAT

Milton Osborne

Even if no dams are built on the mainstream below China, the cascade to which it is committed will ultimately have serious effects on the functioning of the Mekong once the dams are used to control the river’s flow. This will be the case because the cascade will:

• alter the hydrology of the river and so the current ‘flood pulse’, the regular rise and fall of the river on an annual basis which plays an essential part in the timing of spawning and the migration pattern. This will be particularly important in relation to the Tonle Sap in Cambodia, but will have an effect throughout the river’s course;

• block the flow of sediment down the river which plays a vital part both in depositing nutrients on the agricultural regions flooded by the river and also as a trigger for fish migration — at present well over 50% of the river’s sediment comes from China;

• at least initially cause problems by restricting the amount of flooding that takes place most importantly in Cambodia and Vietnam; and

• lead to the erosion of river banks.

So China’s dam-building plans are worrying enough, but the proposed new mainstream dams would pose even more serious concerns. Those built at sites higher upstream would cause the least damage to fish stocks, but if, as currently seems possible, the most likely dams to be built would be at Don Sahong and Sambor the costs to fish stocks could be very serious. This is because unanimous expert opinion judges that there are no ways to mitigate the blocking of fish migration that would occur if these dams are constructed. None of the suggested possible forms of mitigation — fish ladders, fish lifts, and alternative fish-passages — are feasible for the species of fish in the Mekong and the very large biomass that is involved in their migratory pattern. Fish ladders were tried and failed at the Pak Mun dam on one of the Mekong’s tributaries in Thailand in the 1990s. Tiếp tục đọc “The Mekong river under THREAT”

Five things to know about the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation summit

TĐH: We don’t hear discussion on the VNese media about this China-pushed five-year development plan at all. I wonder if Vietnam will have a public discussion about this plan, or whoever attending the LMC summit will just simply approve the plan on behalf of Vietnam?

 

scmp: Five-year development plan, including construction of hydropower dams, is expected to top agenda at Mekong River nations’ conference in Cambodia

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2018, 8:03am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 January, 2018, 2:57pm

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 importance in China’s ambitious belt and road infrastructure plan.

But while the cooperation mechanism was created to help ease tension over development projects, environmentalists remain unsatisfied.

Concern is growing that the potential for causing ecological damage will make the Mekong a flashpoint for China and Southeast Asia’s territorial disputes – effectively creating a new South China Sea.

Amid the backdrop of the river’s importance in connecting Europe through Southeast Asia and beyond in the grand infrastructure programme launched by President Xi Jinping, Chinese delegation leader Premier Li Keqiang will be looking to bolster China’s influence in the Mekong region as he faces his counterparts from Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.

Here are five key things to know about the summit and the significance of the Mekong River:

1. The river’s significance for China and Southeast Asia

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