“Private power-holders and the wealthy elite have begun controlling the use of water resources of the Mekong River . Benefits will not go to the people of Laos , Vietnam or Thailand but to the pocket of the plutocracy,” Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Tran, former vice chair of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee told VietNamNet. Scarcity of fish in Mekong Delta’s flood season Late flood sways farmers in Vietnam’s southwestern region Chinese dams prevent flood in Vietnam’s southwestern region? Dried Mekong River and countries’ responsibility To have sufficient power, Vietnam needs 23 Mekong Rivers There is an urgent need for electric power for thedevelopment of Vietnam and the countries in the Mekong River downstream in general. Since 2007, there have been more and more construction projects for hydro-power plantsthe four downstream countries. There are at least 12 hydro power projects in Thailand , Laos and Cambodia at present. But … [Read more...] about Plutocracy controls the Mekong River?
People in Vietnam ’s Mekong Delta often say “as dirt-cheap as linh fish” but this statement is wrong now. Late flood sways farmers in Vietnam’s southwestern region This is the flood season in this region but the price for linh fish at markets in Long Xuyen city, An Giang province is up to 180,000 dong (nearly $10) a kilo. Last year, the price for a kilo of linh fish was only several thousands of dong. Why has the fish become expensive? VietNamNet reporters went in mid-October to Con Coc village, which is called the village of linh fish, in An Phu district, An Giang province, to find the answer. Despite it being the flood season Con Coc was abnormally dry . Fishing equipment was placed along the road. Many fishing boats were not used. “In previous years, if you went to our village, you would have to use a boat,” Nguyen Minh Chi, a local official told VietNamNet. “The flood season is also the time to catch linh fish. This year flood … [Read more...] about Scarcity of fish in Mekong Delta’s flood season
Once big hydro-power plants are built in the Mekong River, the challenge for cooperation among countries that share the river will grow. Mekong is the longest river in Southeast Asia. From the Tibetan Plateau it runs through China's Yunnan province, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The Mekong is one of the world’s major rivers. It is the world's 12thlongest river and the 7thlongest in Asia. Its estimated length is 4,350 km, and it drains an area of 795,000 km2, discharging 475 cubic meters of water annually. More than 80 million people of over 100 ethnic groups live along the river, making the Mekong basin into the world’s most culturally diverse. The Mekong basin annually produces rice that can feed 300 million people. The Mekong basin is also one of the richest areas in terms of biodiversity in the world. Only the Amazon boasts a higher level of biodiversity. Although the Amazon has higher biodiversity, the Mekong river has a higher biodiversity per … [Read more...] about Mekong and the war of water
Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has decided on a series of solutions for two tollgates in the Mekong Delta following continuous objections from commuters. Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat convened meetings with authorities of Can Tho City and Soc Trang Province, where the two toll stations are located, to find a suitable solution to end the current situation on Monday. The first tollgate belongs to a BOT (build-operate-transfer) project on the upgrade of a 22 kilometer section of National Highway 1 from Can Tho to Phung Hiep District, Hau Giang Province. At a cost of VND1.83 trillion (US$80.6 million), the project was completed in 2015 and the toll collection began in April 2016. Drivers have been complaining that they are required to pay an unreasonable toll as the rates are charged for the entire 22 kilometer route, while many drivers only need to travel a short distance within the highway section. Meanwhile, the second toll station is part of the BOT project on … [Read more...] about Tollgates in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta face fierce opposition from drivers
The online photo contest, which is held using the hashtag #GMS25, is part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the GMS Programme. GMS countries are Cambodia, China (specifically Yunnan province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the GMS, we would like to take stock of the achievements of the regional cooperation and give a clear image of how it changed the lives of the people living along the Mekong for the better,” said Nguyen Minh Cuong, an ADB Principal Regional Cooperation Specialist and Unit Head of the GMS Programme. “We’re hopeful that the photo contest will showcase this and provide encouragement for the future work of the GMS,” he added.The contest is open to nonprofessional photographers, of any age from ADB’s member countries. Images must be original and taken personally by the … [Read more...] about ADB launches photo contest on Mekong sub-region’s development