The Mekong might be probably the most controversial river in Southeast Asia, and increasingly the primary goal of worldwide consideration. It flows by way of 6 counties, China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. The 4 downstream nations have formed the Mekong River Payment to promote sustainable enchancment of the river and much of of their people rely upon it for his or her subsistence ? it has potential an important freshwater fishery inside the world, and the Mekong waters assist rice agriculture inside the delta in Viet Nam (which produces about forty% of that nation's meals) along with in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.
China is now setting up the first big mainstream dam on the river, and has proposals for a quantity of additional. These dams usually tend to have an impact on the downstream nations. A quantity of of the downstream nations even have plans for large scale hydropower and irrigation enchancment which could moreover impact the river.
This book will current a robust overview of the biophysical setting of the Mekong together with a dialogue of the attainable impacts, biophysical, monetary and social, of some attainable enchancment conditions. It is meant to supply a technical basis which can inform the rising political and conservation debate in regards to the future of the Mekong River, and individuals who depend on it. It is aimed towards river ecologists, geographers, environmentalists and enchancment specialists every inside the basin and (notably) outdoor for whom entry to this supplies is most troublesome.
This book can be the primary full treatment of the Mekong system
* The first full overview of all options of the Mekong River system.
* Provides with a regionally essential ecosystem and one beneath menace.
* The Mekong helps the world's largest freshwater fishery and provides water underpinning a critical regional rice paddy system.
* Presents the authoritative findings of the Mekong River Charge's evaluation for a wider viewers for the first time outside of restricted distribution tales