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Laos' hydropower plant is another source of concern for Vietnam

The Luang Prabang hydropower plant in. Laos must undergo a full assessment of the possible impact on the ecosystem before construction, experts say.

Mekong Delta develops new tourism products

The Mekong Delta region enjoyed a boost in tourist arrivals in the first half of the year as a result of efforts to diversify tourism products and services.

Ensuring energy and water security: a challenge for Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam needs to increase power generation capacity by building power plants, including thermopower, but such facilities could affect the quality of water resources.

Forest sanctuary has four hydropower plants

VietNamNet Bridge - Three hydropower plants in central Vietnam are located in a core ecological area, one in a natural reserve’s ecological rehabilitation zone. 

HCM City calls for private investment in waste water treatment

VietNamNet Bridge - As state and local budgets are limited, calling for private investment in waste water treatment is considered the most feasible solution for now. 

Water security from a geopolitical perspective

Why does Laos insist on building more hydroelectric dams when Vietnam and many other countries believe that it is not the optimal solution for energy, environmental and societal development?

Scientists urge postponing Pak Beng hydropower project

VietNamNet Bridge - Laos is set to move forward to build Pak Beng hydropower dam on Mekong mainstream, but technical reports about the project still do not provide adequate information.

China’s blasting of Mekong will cause environmental peril

China’s plan to blast waterfalls and rapids to clear the Mekong River to allow large cargo ships to pass through has raised concerns among the public as it will damage the habitat for marine life and harm people’s lives.

Overseas Vietnamese finds solution to lack of freshwater in Mekong Delta

VietNamNet Bridge - The Co Chien River in Tra Vinh province, at certain moments in the day, is the source of freshwater, an overseas Vietnamese man has discovered.  

Storing water is must for water resource management: experts

Vietnam, which has proposed a transboundary water resources management policy, will take the initiative in storing water to cover its needs instead of relying on other countries, experts have said.

Mekong urged to improve irrigation

 VietNamNet Bridge – Experts have urged the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces to rezone irrigation systems and dredge canals to cope with the damaging effects of climate change.

Hydropower plants temporarily stop generating electricity because of drought

To ensure the water supply for downstream areas, tens of hydropower plants in the central region and Central Highlands have withdrawn from the power generation market despite the good prices.

Thailand’s Mekong water-diversion plan raises concerns

VietNamNet Bridge - The Thai government’s statement in late July that it is considering bringing water from the Mekong, Moei and Salween rivers to farmland to nine of its provinces has raised major concerns.

Mekong fishing leading to erosion

 VietNamNet Bridge – Intensive shrimp aquaculture and destructive fishing practices have contributed to coastal erosion and reduced biodiversity in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Ben Tre,

Mekong sub-region promotes tourism

 VietNamNet Bridge – The tourism ministers of five countries in the Mekong sub-region have proposed a single visa scheme and other measures to facilitate travel for tourists in the area.

Mekong erosion damages property

VietNamNet Bridge – Erosion is affecting many areas in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, causing property damage and interruption of business production.

The giant fish in Vietnam

 VietNamNet Bridge – A shark of half of a ton, a 4-ton whale, giant barbs and ocean sunfish are among the "monsters" that were caught in a net in Vietnam.

HCM City to host world delta conference

 VietNamNet Bridge – Two of the earth's great river systems, the Mekong and the Mississippi, will be the focus of global deltaic leaders who will gather in HCM City this week for a conference.

Mekong hit by climate change

A new study on Climate Change Impact and Adaptation in the Lower Mekong Basin released on March 29 has revealed that the effects of climate change in the basin is worse than the global average.