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30 Sep 2020 EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
How Do We Value Our Water? Not Enough!Recorded video footage now available HERE.Water is an essential contributor to human health; food security; environment and ecosystems; interaction with our planetary system; peace. It is also plays a central role in our economies from agriculture to energy production, through manufacturing to tourism...
30 Jul 2020 HANOI
In the framework of ASOSAI cooperation in the 2012-2013 period, an audit on water issues in the river basin was successfully carried out with the participation of five Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, with technical assistance from the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ)...
15 Jun 2020 ROME
The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has ranked the Mekong Basin as the world’s most important hydrologic region or river basin for freshwater fish catches. In its latest State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report, the FAO said that Mekong Basin accounted for 15.2 percent of the global inland fish catch which was released in Rome recently saying 50 percent of the global catch came from the Mekong and six other basins.
31 Mar 2020 BEIJING, China
The six countries of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Mechanism (China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam) have committed to further enhancement of water resource cooperation, most especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.“The epidemic has once again demonstrated mankind is a community with a shared future that shares weal and woe," said Yu Xingjun, head of the Joint Working Group on Water Resources Cooperation of LMC from China, during a (videolinked) conference series marking the fourth anniversary of the Cooperation Mechanism...
6 Feb 2020 BANGKOK
Thailand has spiked Chinese-led plans to open up a key stretch of the Mekong river, in a rare victory for activists fighting to preserve South-east Asia's most important waterway. Beijing has long wanted to blast 97km of rocks and dredge the river bed in northern Thailand to open up a passage for massive cargo ships.
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...
11 Dec 2019 VIANTIANE, Laos
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has suggested that receent change in colour of the Mekong River in Thailand and Laos with serious consequences, and called for more data sharing with the China-backed Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism.The MRC attributed 9 December the vibrant blue-green color observed in Nakhon Phanom province to low river flow and a drop in river sediments in addition to the presence of algae both on sand and the river bottom...
18 Aug 2019 PHNOM PENH
In July the Mekong River, the precious lifeline for four Southeast Asian countries and China’s Yunnan Province, fell to its lowest levels in 100 years, the victim of increasing climate change, agricultural runoff and a plethora of upstream dams that threaten its existence. The rains have finally come, but the worst casualties of a tamed Mekong are due for Cambodia’s 125-km-long Tonle Sap Lake, where life above and below the water relies on the flood pulse of the river...
29 May 2019 YORK, United Kingdom
Researchers have found antibiotic pollution exceeding globally established “safe” levels in the world's rivers by as much as 300 times in some instances.Scientists looked for 14 commonly used antibiotics that are considered to be critically important in treating bacterial infections. An “unsafe” concentration implies an increased risk in human resistance to that antibiotic...
28 Mar 2019 WASHINGTON DC, United States
Vietnam Water and Environment Investment Corporation JSC (VIWASEEN) has been "debarred" by the World Bank (WB) for fraud with respect to the World Bank-financed Mekong Delta Water Resource Management for Rural Development Project and Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Project in Vietnam. VIWASEEN is a Vietnamese, state-owned, water and sewerage company...
22 Mar 2019 STOCKHOLM, Sweden
Dr Jackie King is named the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for game-changing contributions to global river management. She has advanced the scientific understanding of water flows, giving decision-makers methods and tools to assess the full range of costs and benefits when managing or developing river systems...
11 Mar 2019 BANGKOK
China has agreed to drop a plan to clear rocky outcrops and islets in the upper reaches of the Mekong River over deep concerns from downstream countries, Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Friday. Don said the issue was discussed and agreed during last month’s visit to Bangkok by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who accepted the concerns from Thailand, Laos and Myanmar about potential negative effects of the proposed blasting.