Coping with changes in access to biodiversity and natural resources along the Mekong mainstream and tributaries
The relationship between people and natural resources in the Mekong River Basin is
intimate. Up and down the river, natural resources in the form of Non-Timber Forest
Products (NTFPs), fish, water, ‘Other Aquatic Animals’ (OAAs), agro-ecosystems and
other – frequently common property – resources form a significant part of livelihoods.
The Lower Mekong basin falls into the territories of five countries (Myanmar, Lao PDR,
Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam), and is home to about 65 million people. The Mekong
River flows almost 5,000 km and its basin covers 795,000 km2. Hydropower development
is a major issue in the region as it affects biodiversity, ecosystem health, livelihoods
and water governance (MRC, 2015).
- Author: Menghoin Hok;
- Access: Open Access;
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- Citation: Menghoin, H. 2018. Coping with Changes in access to biodiversity and natural resources along the Mekong mainstream and tributaries. Water Knowledge #5. Vientiane, Lao PDR, CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems