Project / Jan - Feb 2018

Mekong in crisis

by Gayatri Mutum

Almost a decade ago, the World Bank described the Mekong Delta as one of the most sensitive areas to climate change. That future is now here.

About 70 million people reside along the Mekong. It is one of the longest rivers in the world and has a distinctive ecosystem in Southeast Asia. The river originates at the Lasagongma Spring in the Tibetan plateau, winds through China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, before ending in the South China Sea.

The delta, in particular, faces threats of rising sea level, ill-planned dam constructions, fresh water and food security, salt water intrusion, floods, erosion, etc. It sits less than 5 metres above sea level and is listed as a red zone by the World Bank, meaning that it is highly vulnerable ...

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