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logo remyWelcome to our on-line resources page, where we monitor the internet to find reports, publications and other material that might be relevant to the water sector, the energy sector and natural resources management in the Mekong. All of the references cited here are in the public domain. Publications are organised by year, and cover the period 2000 – present.

Note: the views and opinions expressed in these documents are not necessarily those of the CPWF or any of its partners. The links provided take the user to where the item is located. CPWF or its partners cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of these documents or the research on which they are based.


Kraljevic, A., Meng, J. and Schelle, P. 2012. Seven sins of dam building. WWF International – Freshwater Programme & WWF-Germany. Link.

WWF (World Wildlife Fund). 2013. Ecosystems in the Greater Mekong: Past trends, current status, possible futures. Gland, WWF International. Link.


Environmental Investigation Agency, 2012. Checkpoints: How Powerful Interest Groups Continue to Undermine Forest Governance in Laos. London: EIA. Link.

Grimsditch, M. 2012. 3S Rivers Under Threat: Understanding New Threats and Challenges from Hydropower Development to Biodiversity and Community Rights in the 3S River Basin. 3S Rivers Protection Network and International Rivers. Link.

Grimsditch, M. 2012. China’s Investments in Hydropower in the Mekong Region: The Kamchay Hydropower Dam, Kampot, Cambodia. Report. Link.

Herbertson, K. 2012. The Xayaburi Dam: Threatening Food Security in the Mekong. Berkley, California, International Rivers. Link.

International Energy Association, 2012. Technology Roadmap: Hydropower. IEA, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil and the Federal Government of Brazil. Link.

Jackson, J. 2012. Earthquake Hazards and Large Dams in Western China: A Probe International Study. Toronto (Canada), Probe International. Link.

Matthews, N. 2012. Water grabbing in the Mekong basin – An analysis of the winners and losers of Thailand’s hydropower development in Lao PDR. Water Alternatives 5 (2): 392-411. Link.

Rodgers, M., Nash, E., Blate, G., Congdon, G. and Ryan, G.E. 2012. Resilience on the Mekong: a vulnerability and adaptation assessment in North-East Cambodia. WWF-Cambodia Technical Report, WWF Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Link.

Schönweger, O., Heinimann, A., Epprecht, M., Lu, J., Thalongsengchanh, P. 2012. Concessions and Leases in the Lao PDR: Taking Stock of Land Investments. Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Bern and Vientiane, Geographica Bernensia. Link.


Costanza, R., Kubiszewski, I., Paquet, P., King, J., Halimi, S., Sanguanngoi, H., Bach, N.L., Frankel, R., Ganaseni, J., Intralawan, A. and Morell, D. 2011. Planning approaches for water development in the Lower Mekong Basin. Portland State University and Mae Fa Luang University, July 2011. Link.

Delang, C.O. and Toro, M. 2011. Hydropower Induced Displacement and Resettlement in Lao PDR. South East Asia Research 19 (3): 421-448. Link.

Fredén, F. 2011. Impacts of dams on lowland agriculture in the Mekong River catchment. Bachelor’s degree thesis in Physical Geography, Department of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, Lund University. Link.


Baird, I.G. 2010. Quotas, Powers, Patronage and Illegal Rent-Seeking: The Political Economy of Logging and the Timber Trade in Southern Laos. Forest Trends, Washington DC, USA. Link.

Cronin, R.P. and Hamlin, T. 2010. Mekong tipping point: hydropower dams, human security and regional stability. Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington DC, USA. Link.

MRC, 2010. State of the Basin Report, 2010. Vientiane, Lao PDR, Mekong River Commission. Link.

Hirsch, P. 2010. The changing political dynamics of dam building on the Mekong. Water Alternatives 3 (2): 312-323. Link.

Dao, N. 2010. Dam development in Vietnam: The evolution of dam-induced resettlement policy. Water Alternatives 3 (2): 324-340. Link.


Evers, H.‐D. and Benedikter, S. 2009. Hydraulic bureaucracy in a modern hydraulic society – Strategic group formation in the Mekong delta, Vietnam. Water Alternatives 2(3): 416‐439. Link.

Foran, T. 2009. Making hydropower more sustainable: a sustainability measurement approach led by the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum. M-POWER Discussion Paper, October 2009. Chiang Mai, Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience. Link.

Halls, A.S. and Kshatriya, M. 2009. Modeling the Cumulative barrier and passage effects of mainstream hydropower dams on migratory fish populations in the Lower Mekong Basin. MRC Technical Paper No. 25. Vientiane, Mekong River Commission. Link.

Mainuddin, M., Kirby, M. and Chen, Y. 2009. Fisheries Productivity and its Contribution to Overall Agricultural Production in the Lower Mekong River Basin. Report prepared as part of the Mekong Basin Focal Project of the Challenge Program for Water and Food. Canberra, Australia, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Link. [CPWF Output!!]

Osborne, M. 2009. The Mekong: river under threat. Lowy Institute Paper 27. Double Bay, NSW, Australia, Lowy Institute for International Policy. Link.


Keskinen, M. 2008. Water Resources Development and impact assessment in the Mekong Basin: which way to go? AMBIO 37 (3): 193-198. Link.

Käkönen, M. 2008. Mekong Delta at the Crossroads: More Control or Adaptation? AMBIO, 37 (3): 205-212. Link.

Kummu, M. and Sarkkula, J. 2008. Impact of the Mekong River flow alteration on the Tonle Sap flood pulse. AMBIO 37 (3): 185-192. Link.

Kummu, M., Penny, D., Sarkkula, J. and Koponen, J. 2008. Sediment: a curse of blessing for Tonle Sap Lake? AMBIO 37 (3): 158-163. Link.

Middleton, C. 2008. Cambodia’s Hydropower Development and China’s Involvement. International Rivers and The Rivers Coalition in Cambodia. Link.

Rutherford, J., Lazarus, K. and Kelley, S. 2008. Rethinking Investments in Natural Resources: China’s Emerging Role in the Mekong Region. Heinrich Böll Stiftung Cambodia, WWF Denmark and International Institute for Sustainable Development. Link.

Singh, S. 2008. Contesting moralities: the politics of wildlife trade in Laos. Journal of Political Ecology 15 (2008): 1-20. Link.

Varis, O. 2008. Poverty, Economic Growth, Deprivation, and Water: The Cases of Cambodia and Vietnam. AMBIO, 37 (3): 225-231. Link.


Backer, E.B. 2007. The Mekong River Commission: does it work, and how does the Mekong Basin’s geography influence its effectiveness? Südosasian Actuell 4 (2007): 31-55. Link.

Baran, E., Starr, P. and Kura, Y. 2007. Influence of built structures on Tonle Sap fisheries. Cambodia National Mekong Committee and the WorldFish Center. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Link.

Cornford, J. and Matthews, N. 2007. Hidden costs: the underside of economic transformation in the Greater Mekong Subregion. An Oxfam Australia Report. Oxfam Australia, Victoria, Australia. Link.

Global Witness, 2007. Cambodia’s family trees: illegal logging and the stripping of public assets by Cambodia’s elite. A Report by Global Witness, June 2007. Link.

King, P., Bird, J. and Haas, L. 2007. The current status of environmental criteria for hydropower development in the Mekong Region: a literature compilation. Vientiane, Lao PDR, WWF-Living Mekong Program. Link.

Kummu, M. and Varis. O. 2007. Sediment-related impacts due to upstream reservoir trapping, the Lower Mekong River. Geomorphology 85 (2007): 275-293. Link.


Backer, E.B. 2006. Paper tiger meets white elephant? An analysis of the effectiveness of the Mekong River Regime. FNI Report 15/2006. Oslo (Norway), The Fridtof Nansen Institute. Link.

Cornford, J. 2006. Globalisation and Change in Southern Laos. Focus on the Global South Occasional Papers 1. Bangkok, Thailand, Focus on the Global South. Link.

Hirsch, P. 2006. Governing water as a common good in the Mekong River Basin. Transforming Cultures eJournal 1 (2): 104-113. Link.

Lu, X.X. and Siew, R.Y. 2006. Water discharge and sediment flux changes over the past decades in the Lower Mekong River: possible impacts of Chinese dams. Hydrol. Eart Syst. Sci. 10 (2006): 181-195. Link.

Oliver, R.A.R., Moore, P. and Lazarus, K. (eds) 2006. Mekong Region Water Resources Decision-making: National Policy and Legal Frameworks vis-à-vis World Commission on Dams Strategic Priorities. Bangkok, Thailand and Gland, Switzerland, IUCN. Link.

Sneddon, C. and Fox, C. 2006. Rethinking transboundary waters: a critical hydropolitics of the Mekong basin. Political Geography 25 (2006): 181-202. Link.


Fox, C. and Sneddon, C. 2005. Flood Pulses, International Watercourse Law, and Common Property Resources: A Case Study of the Mekong Lowlands. WIDER Research Paper No. 2005/20. World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki (Finland). Link.

Lebel, L., Garden, P. and Imamura, M. 2005. The politics of scale, position, and place in the governance of water resources in the Mekong Region. Ecology and Society 10 (2): 18-36. Link.

Lestrelin, G., Giordano, M. and Keohavong, B. 2005. When “Conservation” Leads to Land Degradation: Lessons from Ban Lak Sip, Laos. IWMI Research Report 91. Link.

Mekong River Commission, 2005. Overview of the Hydrology of the Mekong Basin. Vientiane, Lao PDR, MRC. Link.

Molle, F. 2005. Irrigation and Water Policies in the Mekong Region: Current Discourses and Practices. IWMI Research Report 95. Colombo (Sri Lanka), International Water Research Institute. Link.


Baker, L. 2004. Thai Baan Research in Lower Songkhram River Basin, Thailand: Reflections on Experience and Guidelines for Establishing Participatory Resource Research Elsewhere. Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Programme. Bangkok, IUCN. Link.

Goh, E. 2004. China in the Mekong river basin: the regional security implications of resource development on the Lancang Jiang. IDSS Working Paper No. 69. Singapore, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies. Link.

NORPLAN and EcoLAO, 2004. Cumulative Impact Analysis and Nam Theun 2 Contributions. Vientiane, Government of Lao PDR and Manila, Asian Development Bank. Link.

Osborne, M. 2004. River At Risk: the Mekong, the Environment and the Water Politics of China and Southeast Asia. Lowy Institute Paper 02. Double Bay, NSW, Australia, Lowy Institute for International Policy. Link.

Ringler, C., von Braun, J. and Rosegrant, M.W. 2004. Water policy analysis for the Mekong River Basin. Water International 29 (1): 30-42. Link.


Bush, S. 2003. “Give a man a fish…” Contextualising Living Aquatic Resources Development in the Lower Mekong Basin. Australian Mekong Resource Centre Working Papers No. 8. Link.

Miller, F. and Hirsch, P. 2003. Civil Society and Internationalized River Basin Management. Australian Mekong Resource Centre Working Paper 7. AMRC, University of Sydney, Australia. Link.


Badenoch, N. 2002. Transboundary environmental governance: principles and practice in mainland Southeast Asia. Report; Washington DC (USA), World Resources Institute. Link.

Makim, A. 2002. The Changing Face of Mekong Resource Politics in the Post-Cold War Era: re-negotiating arrangements for water resource management in the Lower Mekong River Basin (1991-1995). Australian Mekong Resource Centre Working Paper No. 6. AMRC, University of Sydney. Link.

Öjendal, J., Mathur, V. and Sithirith, M. 2002. Environmental governance in the Mekong: Hydropower site selection processes in the Se San and Sre Pok Basins. SEI/REPSI Report Series No. 4. Stockholm (Sweden), Stockholm Environment Institute. Link.


Badenoch, N. and Dupar, M. (eds) 2001. Mekong Regional Environmental Governance: Perspectives on Opportunities and Challenges. Papers from the Mekong Regional Environmental Governance Research and Dialogue Group. Edited report. Link.


Le Billon, P. 2000. The political ecology of transition in Cambodia: 1989–1999. War, peace and forest exploitation. Development and Change 31 (2000): 785–805. Link.

McCormack, G. 2000. Water Margins: Development and Sustainability in China. Australian Mekong Resource Centre Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 2. AMRC, University of Sydney. Link.

World Commission on Dams, 2000. Dams and development: a new framework for decision-making. The Report of the World Commission on Dams. London, Earthscan. Link.

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