Can a green transition save the Mekong River?

Southeast Asia's longest river provides a lifeline for millions, but a race for resources and energy has put the Mekong's future in jeopardy. Sustainable projects are now offering new hope.

The Mekong River, which traverses over 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) of Asian countryside, is a crucial source of fishing, farming and transportation for around 65 million people.

The Mekong originates in the Tibetan Plateau in China and flows to the South China Sea through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

However, infrastructure projects designed to meet the energy demands of Southeast Asia’s rapidly growing societies are on the rise in the Mekong. The intervention is being felt downstream and is putting increasing pressure on the river’s ecosystems and livelihoods.

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