Major cities in Asia are growing at top speed. The members of the new middle class are massively buying scooters. Their first step towards the holy cow of civilization: the car. Trafic during rush hour in Saigon is still moving at a pleasant speed. This will be over when all these drivers can afford a car.
The Caiptal of the Chinese Province Yunnan has seen a spectacular growth in recent years. Just like many other major population centres in the country. Yunnan’s energy production is mostly green, coming from hydro power. Seemingly a good thing. Countries down stream are not unanimously happy with that though.
The fishermen of Si Phan Don in the south of Laos risk their lives on a daily basis to catch just enough fish for their own consumption. Fragile fish traps ingeniously mounted in the rushing waters of the Khone Falls catch Mekong Catfish swimming upstream to their spawning grounds. Ten planned dams in the Mekong […]
The Manwan Dam in Yunnan Province is one of the four first dams in the main stream of the Mekong River. People downstream already point fingers at the Chinese dams for reduced fish numbers. New dams in Laos will seriously alter the ecology of the river. Next week the governments of the Mekong river countries […]
e floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake in Central Cambodia are home to some of the poorest communities of the country. The fishermen and women have lived their lives on the surface of the lake for generations. Climate change, development and over fishing are endangering their lifestyle. But they have nowhere else to go with no other skills than fishing and no land to farm.