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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Water governance – the legitimizing discourse for exploitation

The so-called ‘water governance’ for the Mekong states is when the Mekong River defined as the economic zone –where is meant to be exploited at the national levels. But what is the face of a good water governance should be like?

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Local community’s research helps protect their rivers

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Once a dyke was built in An Giang Province, Vietnam, it created such a shift in agricultural practices for small towns such as the Vam Nao and My Hoa 3 villages. The way of earning livelihood of the local people also started to change. The fish disappeared and the surrounding environment got contaminated from overdose using of pesticide and chemical fertilizer. Instead of letting the water quality degraded and the fish gone, the villagers decided to conduct research to protect their environment and bring back their healthy rivers.

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Laos’ Don Sahong Dam Raised Trans-boundary Concerns

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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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