Archive for the ‘Vietnam’ Category

In a Dammed and Diked Mekong, a Push to Restore the Flow

Via Yale e360, a look at the Mekong which – facing increasing land subsidence, saltwater intrusion, and flooding linked with development – has Vietnam committed to changing its approach to managing the Mekong Delta. New initiatives call for retrofitting dikes and dams to restore flood regimes, using nature as a guide. We depart from Can […]

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Mekong River: Future of Water Cooperation In The Region

Via China Water Risk, an interesting interview on the Mekong River Commission Secretariat which discusses the organisation’s priorities, the changing landscape of the Mekong River & the future of water cooperation in the region: In this interview we sit down with Dr. Anoulak Kittikoun, CEO of the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRC) to discuss the organisation’s priorities, […]

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Vietnam Farmers Struggle for Fresh Water as Drought Brings Salination

Via Terra Daily, a report on the impact of drought in Vietnam: Every day, farmer Nguyen Hoai Thuong prays in vain for rain to fall on the cracked dry earth of her garden in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta — the country’s “rice bowl” agricultural heartland. A blazing month-long heatwave has brought drought, parching the land in […]

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Cambodia to Divert Mekong Trade via China-Built Canal, Vexing Vietnam

Courtesy of Nikkei Asia, a report on a planned Phnom Penh-coast link raises alarms amid regional influence tussle: From his house on the banks of the Mekong River, an hour from Phnom Penh, Mao Sarin can watch ships laden with containers chug by on their way to Vietnam and the giant river delta. If the […]

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Why is Vietnam Worried About Cambodia’s Mekong Canal Project?

Via The Diplomat, an article on the proposed Funan Techo Canal that is set to connect Cambodia’s coast to the Mekong River via a system of lock gates: On December 11, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet met with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh on an official visit to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi. During the two-day visit, the […]

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Mekong: A Vital Regional River Can Be a Route for U.S. Diplomacy

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, a commentary that U.S. President Biden’s Vietnam deals should center on the Mekong: On Sept. 10, Joe Biden pays his first visit to Vietnam as U.S. president, where he is expected to ink a deal to elevate the U.S.-Vietnam relationship from “comprehensive” to “comprehensive strategic”—the highest level of Vietnam’s diplomatic hierarchy. […]

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