Deconstructing Development

Environmental Justice

Better Ways

Women and the Mekong

Rich past, uncertain futures: Khmu community’s memories of living with the Ou River

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.

Voices of the Next Generation

Danu ethnic people face livelihood threats from lead mining projects in Southern Shan State, Myanmar

Ethnic Danu people in Myanmar’s Shan State are trying to raise awareness in their community about the health and environmental impacts of the mining operations in their area. They are trying to reach out to the government as well as environmental and other groups in Shan State and beyond to help protect the health, livelihoods, farmlands and the safety of the ethnic Danu people.

Commons Comment

Mekong Commons is back

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.

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