SAVE THE MEKONG
MEE Net participates in energy and environmental campaigns within the Mekong Region, such as "Save the Mekong" campaign!
Mekong River: Fun Facts
- It is the 10th largest river and the 12th longest river in the world
- The Mekong River originates in the Tibetan Himalayas and being fed by melting snow, embarks on its 4,500km journey through steep mountain gorges in China, passing through the “Golden Triangle” formed by the borders of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, before moving into Cambodia and entering the South China Sea in southern Vietnam.
- The biological diversity of the Mekong river is comparable to that of the Amazon river
- Three sites in Cambodia have been designated as wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, and 2 areas of the Mekong River basin qualify as endemic bird areas
- The Mekong Basin has one of the world’s largest and most productive inland fisheries
- More than 60 million people rely on fish and other resources in the river system for most of the protein in their diets
- The Mekong River is known by many names. It is called Lancang Jiang (meaning Turbulent River) by the Chinese, Mae Nam Kong (meaning Mother Water) by the Lao and Thai, and Cuu Long (meaning Nine Dragons) by the Vietnamese
"Save the Mekong coalition urges the Mekong governments to keep the Mekong flowing freely to save this critical source of food, income and life for present and future generations."
The Save the Mekong coalition brings together local communities, non-governmental organizations, journalists, academia, artists and activists from within the Mekong countries as well as internationally. The coalition was formed in 2008 as a response to the public’s growing concern about the impacts of dams on the Mekong river’s mainstream. Concerns ranged from the impacts mainstream dams would have on regional food security, the Mekong’s migratory fish stocks, and the livelihoods of millions of people that rely on it.
The Save the Mekong coalition aims to achieve two main objectives: to raise further public awareness about the risks associated with developing hydropower projects in such a significant international river, as well as to persuade policymakers to adopt more sustainable and peaceful ways of meeting people’s energy and water needs.