A species of giant Mekong turtles was believed to have been extinct until in 2007 when a mother turtle was found. Since then, governmental authorities, a non-governmental organization, local people and even Buddhist monks have joined hands to ensure the survival of the soft-shell, frog-headed turtles. Their number has slowly grown, but humans, natural predators and climate change continue to pose serious threats.
With Vietnam producing about 15 million tons of waste each year, both the increasing quantity and the changing composition of waste is posing a huge environmental challenge for municipal authorities and local communities in Vietnam. Truong Minh Chien writes about the need for more efficient waste management policies combined with raising public awareness to tackle the serious waste problem.
More than 2,000 canals in Ho Chi Minh City are breathing their last breath. But a group of young people are putting in efforts to raise awareness and help restore them.
An increasing number of mainly young people migrate from provinces in Laos to Thailand for work. They can learn new skills and their cash income supports families in their home provinces But the migrant workers face many risks including work place dangers, human trafficking and safety and health issues.
In Vietnam, Local Energy Planning (LEP) has transformed the understanding of community members in Nam Cuong Commune of their energy supply, demand and use. Le Ngoc Son explains the origin of the LEP method and how it is local-led, and proposes that LEP has the potential to be replicated across Vietnam and beyond.
Climate change especially drought are threatening the rice production and fishery in Cambodia. Sao Phal Niseiy explains that farmers and fishers can cope through efforts at raising awareness, promoting capacity building and diversified farming systems to ensure food security.
Farmers in Surin Province, Thailand are turning to organic agriculture after struggling with debt, health issues and soil degradation from past chemical-intensive farming. Organic rice, integrated farming and farmer cooperatives are becoming popular to improve livelihoods, recover ecosystems and soil, and increase climate resilience.
Originally lauded as a model for the world, the 1995 Mekong Agreement has since demonstrated legal ambiguities, gaps and limitations, especially in regulating dam construction. Rémy Kinna argues that 20 years on, the UN Watercourses Convention, the most authoritative global treaty on international rivers, can strengthen and revitalise it.
Urbanization in the Mekong Region is transforming societies that were once dependent upon agricultural production. This article explores how some urban inhabitants have not fully let go of their rural traditions, raising the question can such wisdom bring a more sustainable lifestyle to urban areas?
Floating rice production in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is a unique traditional agriculture system with livelihood, health and environmental benefits. Once extensive, but displaced by high-yielding variety rice, this article discusses initiatives to recover floating rice production and its associated local knowledge.