The building of hydropower projects on the Mekong River’s mainstream must ensure that they do not cause negative impacts, including cross-border effects, on the environment and socio-economic development of the countries along the river, especially the nations in the downstream region, in line with international practice and regulations of the Mekong River Commission, said a Vietnamese official.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to focus on equal, rational and sustainable use of water resources and other related resources of the Mekong River.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will lead a Vietnamese delegation to attend the third Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from April 4-5 at the invitation of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen.
The Vietnam government has announced plans to invest heavily in perfecting the country’s intensive shrimp farming operations and expand production significantly over the next few years.
But Chinese dams threaten to dry up the watery spectacle forever.
Water supply experts have emphasised the need to deal with water issue in the entire Mekong River basin that comprises six countries along the river in order to ensure the sustainable use and exploitation of water resources and environmental protection.
Vietnam was one of the most vulnerable countries to rising sea levels, said former prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Measures to enhance regional connectivity in the Mekong Delta, which is important to Vietnam’s economy but also a region highly susceptible to effects of climate change, were discussed at a workshop in Hanoi on December 19.
The monsoon season is the busiest time in the Plain of Reeds of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. This is also the best time to explore the region’s beauty and the generosity of nature.