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  • 14 Oct 2014- 10:09 by Local Press Report HANOI Vietnam.Net Bridge Newly built seafood and garment factories have polluted once-pristine rural areas in the Mekong delta, but relief seems far away. In August, hundreds of citizens in Thanh Phu Commune in the southern most province of Ca Mau destroyed
  • Tibet’s vast mineral resources are necessary for China’s environmental growth, but Tibetan activists say Chinese mining activities have not taken environmental protections seriously, resulting in degradation and pollution of water sources.
  • If the hydropower projects planned within the Mekong River basin are completed, they will accumulate as much as 16 percent of the river’s water volume, or 475 billion cubic meters a year, according to Dr. Chu Thai Hoanh of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) last week announced an $87.39 million USD loan and grant package to Laos and Vietnam for flood and disaster management in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
  • Chinese authorities announced earlier this week that the major dam at Nuozhadu, on the upper reaches of the Mekong in Yunnan province, has started generating electricity.
  • Hydropower dams planned for the lower mainstem of the Mekong River could decimate fish populations and with them the primary source of protein for 60 million people, according to a new study by international conservation organization WWF and the Australian National University.
  • Cambodian villagers protested on June 29 against a divisive hydropower dam in Laos that campaigners say is being built in defiance of a pledge to first gauge its possible harmful impact on millions of people.
  • Dams constructed on Mekong River tributaries in Laos are poorly designed, leading to erratic water flow that harms the river’s environment, according to a Lao scientist who analyzes dams in the hydropower-fuelled nation.
  • 8 Jun 2012- 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent Vietnam, HANOI Vietnam may soon face a water crisis due to poor management of its resources, according to a new report released this week by Vietnamese not-for-profit environmental organization PanNature. PanNature notes that the country has a great
  • 1 May 2012- 14:11 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China The Chinese government has signed deals with Pakistan and Thailand to co-develop major water management initiatives. State-run Chinese company China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) on April 26 signed a deal to carry out a
  • Tensions are rising again over the proposed Thai-funded Xayaburi Dam project in Laos. Last December in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Mekong River Commission Council, representing Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, debated the 1,260-megawatt dam’s future. Delegates decided that a fuller study of the dam’s impact was needed before further development.
  • 20 Sep 2011- 09:58 by OOSKAnews Correspondent washington, dc, united states “If water wars are to be averted in Asia, shared water resources must be protected,” says Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies at the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research. Chellaney is the author of a new
  • 3 May 2011- 09:51 by OOSKAnews Correspondent vientiane, laos The Laotian government agreed last week to postpone construction of the controversial $3.8 billion USD Xayaburi Hydroelectric Dam. It would be the first dam constructed on the lower Mekong River. The decision came after the most recent
  • 19 Apr 2011- 09:36 by OOSKAnews Correspondent Bangkok, thailand With Southeast Asian countries proposing construction of a dozen dams on the Mekong River in the coming years, the Mekong River Commission has scheduled a meeting this week (April 19) to decide whether to approve construction of the