Mekong River in the Economy
The Mekong River in the Economy report aims to reframe the debate around development and river resources management, guiding policy makers towards increased sustainability as well as continued growth. The two are not incompatible, but interdependent. The report lays out the benefits of integrating planning in a series of short narratives, highlighting the major risks and opportunities for different sectors within each Lower Mekong Basin country and illustrating how one actor’s development decisions are felt through the entire river system.
Every country in the region and most economic sectors are interconnected through and interdependent on the Mekong River, and must therefore take part in development planning.
Thailand’s power imports from Laos encourages Lao hydropower development, which in turn impacts livelihoods and fisheries in Northeast Thailand and all other downstream countries. The construction sector in the entire basin depends on sand mining in the river, and this contributes to the sinking of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, hurting one of the region’s agricultural and aquaculture hubs. The Mekong River in the Economy report explores these connections and more, highlighting the urgent need for an integrated view of development and governance in the region. The future of the Mekong River Basin depends on it.
Mekong Water, Food and Energy Forum