World Rivers Review: Special Focus on the Mekong

TitleWorld Rivers Review: Special Focus on the Mekong
Annotated RecordNot Annotated
Year of Publication2014
Secondary TitleInternational Rivers (IR)
Place PublishedBerkeley
Key themesEcology and Livelihoods, Energy Planning, Hydropower, Safeguards, Transboundary Governance

The Mekong feeds millions with its rich fisheries and sediment-laden waters. More than 40 million people rely on it for their food and livelihoods. Yet despite its importance as a food source, a dam boom on Southeast Asia's "Mother River" is underway, which could push the river's rich fisheries and ecosystems to a tipping point. This special issue will give you the full picture of what is at stake. We pulled together a number of Mekong experts to explore the implications of the dam boom on the river and its people, the particular risks of specific dams and dam cascades, and what local people are trying to do to protect their river. A lively infographic summarizes key issues in visual form.


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Cambodia, China, Laos, Regional, Thailand, Vietnam

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