The Mekong River and its delta region impact an estimated 65 million people in six countries including China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The river and its tributaries have been classified as "the world's biggest inland fishery." Maintaining adequate water levels is critical to fish migrations. Annual fish production is estimated at more than 1.5 million tons.
|Local fisherman on the Mekong River|
- planned tributary dams to be built in Laos - these would impact fish biodiversity and availability in Cambodia and Vietnam;
- the Lower Se San 2, planned for construction on a Mekong tributary in Cambodia
Ziv, Guy, Eric Baran, So Nam, Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Simon A. Levin. "Trading-Off Fish Biodiversity, Food Security, and Hydropower in the Mekong River Basin," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," 5 March 2012.