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  • THAILAND

    Summit on future of Mekong to be held

    News, Wassana Nanuam, Published on 22/04/2021

    » Thailand will later this year host the 28th meeting of the council of the Mekong River Commission to discuss ways to mitigate the impact of dams on member countries, Somkiat Prajamwong, secretary-general of the Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR) said.

  • LIFE

    Against the currents

    Life, Published on 21/04/2021

    » Through disasters, a fellowship was struck. Ormboon Thipsuna remembers the date well, Aug 12, 2008, when a deluge of water from the Mekong swept through her hometown of Nong Khai and seven riparian northeastern provinces. Considering the rainfall was rather small and the Mekong's gradual seasonal pace of fluctuations, many locals believed the sudden mega-flood, at times water levels went up as high as 13m, was caused by China's dams upstream. Importantly, Ormboon got to know Niwat Roykaew, aka "Kru Tee", founder of the Rak Chiang Khong group based in Chiang Rai province.

  • LIFE

    Feel the people's power flow

    Life, Published on 14/04/2021

    » Amid the jubilation, there was a brief moment of uneasiness. Last September, during a ceremony to award the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Equator Prize held at the Boon Rueang wetland forest in Chiang Rai province, participants noticed the ground was much drier than it used to be. The moderator even joked that had the "wetland forest" venue been as wet as before during the monsoon season, they would have been celebrating the occasion partly submerged.

  • BUSINESS

    Sharing the Mekong

    Asia focus, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 29/03/2021

    » "The Mekong River is the source of prosperity," an old saying goes, and it was once true for Pongsak Saitongmart. The 69-year-old former fisherman and his family of five largely depended on income from fishing and a vegetable farm fed by water from the Mekong.

  • OPINION

    Mekong needs tough govt stance

    News, Editorial, Published on 28/02/2021

    » On Feb 8, Charge d'Affaires of Chinese Embassy Yang Xin paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, in which they exchanged Chinese New Year's wishes, looking ahead for warmer relations and closer cooperation.

  • THAILAND

    Mekong at 'worrying' low level, river commission says

    Published on 12/02/2021

    » The Mekong River has fallen to a "worrying level", in part due to outflow restrictions from Chinese hydropower dams upstream, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on Friday, calling on Beijing to share all of its water data.

  • OPINION

    Mekong 'dammed' by uncertainty

    News, Published on 12/01/2021

    » Last week, it was reported that Chinese authorities notified the Mekong River Commission (MRC) that Jinghong Dam in Yunnan province will reduce its rate of water discharge by half from the beginning of the month until late January. For communities living along the Mekong, unusual water fluctuations in the Mekong River are not new. This has been happening for more than a decade.

  • OPINION

    Mekong drowned in water politics

    News, Editorial, Published on 10/01/2021

    » The mighty Mekong River is the heart and soul of Southeast Asia. Millions of livelihoods are linked to it, especially in terms of food, energy and water security. Besides giving birth to one of the planet's most biodiverse river basins, the transboundary nature of the river -- which begins its journey in the Tibetan plateau and flows 2,140km through China before entering downstream Southeast Asia -- means it is facing a threat to its existence like none before: hydropolitics.

  • THAILAND

    China notifies Thailand it is holding back waters

    Reuters, Published on 06/01/2021

    » China has notified downstream neighbours it is holding back the Mekong River flow at a hydropower dam on the waterway's upper reaches for 20 days, as part of a new data-sharing pact, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Thailand said on Wednesday.

  • BUSINESS

    A year like no other

    Asia focus, Published on 28/12/2020

    » In a world under siege from a relentless virus, Asia's resilience was tested to the utmost. Asia Focus staff look back at key events

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