Rice cultivation in the Mekong Region is often afflicted with pests and diseases leading to yield losses and livelihood impacts. This piece by Sourkea explores the impact of rice root-knot nematode (tiny, worm-like creatures found in the soil) which poses a significant threat to rice production in Cambodia.
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Large-scale gold mining operations have rapidly expanded in the Myitsone area in Myanmar. Toxic pollution from using mercury and cyanide in mining operations threatens the health and livelihoods of the local communities. Local protests are continuing against the mining companies.
In the remote eastern region of Myanmar, ethnic communities in Karenni State are conserving and protecting their forests using customary rules and cultural beliefs.
The Ou River, the longest tributary of the Mekong in the Lao PDR, is undergoing massive changes, with seven dams in various stages of construction already affecting the livelihoods of Khmu communities that have resided there for generations. Sabrina Gyorvary recently visited the area with a local guide and recounts her conversations with community members as they recollect their memories of living with the Ou River.
Ethnic community women face challenges in conserving biodiversity and traditional knowledge in Vietnam
Ethnic women in northwest Vietnam hold a treasure trove of knowledge about their forest biodiversity, including the uses of different trees and plants as medicine. But they face a number of challenges, chiefly from language barriers in sharing and disseminating their valuable knowledge to the next generation.
Mekong Commons is back. We resume our work as a platform for debate and organizing writeshops that support young writers in the Mekong Region to produce articles and films that offer topical and critical perspectives on regional environmental issues.