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15 Mar 2020 HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam
The government of Vietnam declared a state of emergency last week in five Mekong Delta provinces in response to prolonged drought which has led to a build-up of salinity, threatening yields of rice and fruit in the region.Increased salinity is spreading throughout the Mekong Delta, as water flows from the Mekong River are about 20 percent less than in 2016, which is the most recent crisis year...
11 Jan 2020 Bangkok, Thailand
Water shortages in Thailand have become increasingly acute even in advance of the hottest season of the year which typically begins in March. The country’s Meteorological Department has warned that the worst drought in four decades is possible.This year’s El Nino climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean has shifted warmer air to Thailand causing temperatures to rise...
25 May 2019 BANGKOK, Thailand
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) held its 7th Regional Stakeholder Forum in Bangkok the week of May 20. The multi-stakeholder group focused on the achievements and lessons learned in cooperating on cross-border issues under the aegis of the World Bank’s Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management (M-IWRM) Project...
5 Feb 2019 KATHMANDU, Nepal
Climate Change Threatens Loss of Two-thirds Of Hindu Kush Himalaya Glaciers, 1.65 Billion People Live In Downstream Valleys
A new report commissioned by the eight countries in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan, warns that current levels of greenhouse gas emissions would lead to five degrees of warming and cause a loss of two-thirds of the region’s glaciers by the end of this century...
1 Aug 2018 BANGKOK
Thai Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda on Tuesday night instructed governors of all northern provinces to prepare evacuation of residents as water level in the Mekong River continues to rise. "Aside from the monsoon floods, water discharged from Nam Ngum 5 Dam in Laos into Nong Khai Province has also increased the water mass in the river," said Mukdahan Province Governor Paithoon Rakprathet, "and because of this, we had to declare the districts of Muang and Dong Luang as flood disaster zones...
27 Jul 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
OOSKAnews Voices - Stuart Orr, WWF: Unprecedented Wave Of New Dams Could Spell Disaster Far Beyond Laos
OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest "opinion columns" written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. Stuart Orr, Leader of WWF’s Freshwater Practice, driving the freshwater strategy of the world’s largest independent conservation organisation, writes that an unprecedented wave of new dams could spell disaster far beyond this week's deadly dam failure in Laos...
24 Jul 2018 VIENTIANE, Laos
Updated: July 26The July 23 collapse of a hydroelectric dam in southeastern Laos left at least 27 people dead, more than 130 missing missing and thousands homeless according to state media.Lao authorities have ordered closer monitoring of hydroelectric facilities as they investigate the dam failure...
6 Apr 2018 PHNOM PENH
In the face of the dire predicted consequences of planned development on the Mekong River basin, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and the leaders of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand jointly agreed to consider comprehensive scientific findings in their future decision-making on Thursday. Importantly, the declaration notes the MRC’s Council Study, a 3,600-page scientific assessment on the impacts of development – in particular hydropower – on the lower Mekong Basin.
12 Jun 2017 NEW YORK NY, United States
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the Aral Sea, June 10 – once the world's fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – and urged the world to take lessons from the catastrophe to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated...
15 Nov 2016 CHIANG RAI
As the Mekong region faces intensifying challenges from developments needed by its riparian countries including Laos’ latest mega-project, the Pak Beng Dam, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) insists that it is still the best institutional arrangement to ensure sustainable development for the basin.
10 Nov 2016 BANGKOK, Thailand
The economic dependency of the Greater Mekong region on the Mekong River is explored in a report launched today at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy.The new WWF report stresses that current unsustainable and uncoordinated development is pushing the river system to the brink, and urges governments, businesses, and communities in the region to come together to manage the river in a way that respects the ecosystem’s limits if economic growth is to continue...
10 Nov 2016 BANGKOK
Political contention, transboundary impacts as well as transboundary management and governance in the Mekong region will be up for serious dialogue and discussion among more than 300 experts, community leaders, as well as government officials from Mekong countries during a three-day forum that kicked off yesterday.