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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WriteShop for Mekong Writers

Call for Applicants:

If you have a story to share on development, ecology and society in the Mekong region, we would like to hear from you!

23-24 May 2015, Bangkok, Thailand: MekongCommons.org and iMekong.org will co-organize the Writeshop. It will bring together writers and researchers to build capacity, and consolidate and disseminate their writing on environmental and development issues in the Mekong Region. Younger or less experienced writers especially will be provided inputs to plan and write their articles.”

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Laos’ Don Sahong Dam Raised Trans-boundary Concerns

By Hoang Duong

Can Tho – After the 20th annual Mekong River Commission (MRC) meeting on 26 June in Bangkok, even though the Laos government did not officially recognize the Don Sahong dam as a Mekong mainstream dam, the MRC agreed to conduct a public hearing and exclusive consultations among the neighbouring Mekong countries.

In order to prepare for the forthcoming official Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) meeting in Vietnam, the Vietnam River Network (VRN) together with local authorities recently held a pre-public hearing on 21-22 August in Can Tho City, in the Mekong Delta.

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