The Greater Mekong’s natural resources cannot be taken for granted
Today, the Greater Mekong is under serious threat. Large-scale hydropower, rapid and poorly planned infrastructure development, climate change, wildlife trade and deforestation and are quickly undermining the region’s natural wonders and its ability to support its people.
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From the Tibetan plateau to the Mekong Delta
The Mekong River connects six countries over 4,800 km, from its origins in China’s Tibetan-Qinghai plateau to the thriving Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, where it empties into the South China Sea.
This life-giving river holds 3 times more fish species per unit area than even the Amazon River, providing food security and livelihoods for at least 70 million people.
An estimated 2.6 million tonnes of fish are generated each year from its productive waters, making it the largest inland fishery in the world—up to 25% of the global freshwater catch.
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A home and food source for millions
People have been living in the Greater Mekong for more than 4,000 years. These lands are home to culturally diverse communities and more than 100 distinct indigenous groups.
Around 80% of the lower Mekong basin's over 60 million people depend directly on healthy natural systems such as rivers, forests and wetlands for their food security, livelihoods and customs.
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