Why should the Mekong Region be interested in COP22 and Paris Agreement?

For these past weeks, the COP22 in Marrakech and the Paris Agreement have hogged the headlines and social media. But why is it so important for the world and specifically for the Mekong Region? Making its modern history in a growing number of the hydropower dams to supply its rapid economic development, the well-beings of the people and environment are at stake. Climate change impacts are here. For the past decade, the Mekong Region has been facing with severe drought, floods, and sea-level rising. Specifically, the Mekong Delta is considered to be one of the world’s three most vulnerable deltas in the world.

By Arianna Flores

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My Journey of Remembrance, and the Lives of Our Mekong Children

By Dhiramedhist Lueng-Ubon, Mekong Youth Voice

What else can be written about the Mekong River? Lots of information about the Mekong is available online in forms of scholarly and journalistic articles.

Well, what I found it is that there are only a few stories telling about the ordinary lives of Mekong children and their perspectives towards the river could be found on the internet –in particular those written by young people like me. Therefore, what you are about to read is the story of our Mekong children talking about their lives, relationship with the River, beliefs and cultures which are much attached to the health of our great river, the Mekong.

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‘ถั่วงอกริมโขง’ จากคนเชียงของ

‘แม่น้ำโขง’ แม่นำ้สายหลักของผู้คนลุ่มนำ้ ที่มีความหลากหลายทางระบบนิเวศน์เป็นอย่างมาก ไม่เพียงแต่เป็นแหล่งที่อยู่อาศัยของปลาและสัตว์นำ้นานาพันธุ์ แม่น้ำยังพัดพาตะกอนดิน สร้างความอุดมสมบูรณ์ให้กับสองฟากฝั่งริมโขงได้เป็นอย่างดี นอกจากอาชีพประมงแล้ว แม่นำ้ยังก่อให้เกิดทำการเกษตรริมฝั่งโขง ซึ่งถือเป็นอีกหนึ่งอาชีพหลักของชาวบ้านท้องถิ่นอีกด้วย แต่ด้วยสภาพสิ่งแวดล้อมที่เปลี่ยนแปลงไป คนเพาะปลูกถั่วงอกริมโขงก็พลอยได้รับผลกระทบไปด้วย

เรื่องโดย จุฑาทิพย์ หุนตระนี, นนท์ปวิธ ศิริจันทร์,​ นฤมล รัตนสุวรรณ์  และ ลลิดา พิงคะสัน Read More

The Present Source of the Mekong River

A story of a journey to the Tibetan Plateau, where the Mekong River originates, the place where snow leopards live, the grass-worms grow, and the town of Zadoi where was once remarked a trash-town.

As a result of the cooperation between the Zadoi local government, monastery, local community and NGOs, they have successfully changed Zadoi to a clean town. Their goal is to keep the source of the Mekong River clean and pure.

Sun Ji shares this story with iMekong right from the heart the source of the Mekong River in Zadoi, Qianghai (Tibet), China.

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Bung Binh Thien Lake

A Peaceful Corner of the Mekong Delta

In early October this year, when the rainy season was supposed to end in the Mekong Delta, local people noticed that the annual flooding time was changed. The climate change and long drought have caused the water level significantly lower than the previous years altogether. Local people are wondering that the changes of the Mekong River’s hydrology are caused by dam constructions upstream.

Whether the changes are contributed by nature itself or human, they will lead to the extinction of the unique landscapes of the river, and impact to local livelihood. Bung Binh Thien Lake in An Giang province is one of specific ecosystems, where the harmony between the lives of locals and natures still remains.

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