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Flooding is Good

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The Virgin River

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City Slickers

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.

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The Deadliest Catch

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 River may destroy the livelihood of these men.

The Mekong River is the second most biodiverse river in the world and one of the few major rivers that have been spared the development that has transformed waterways in most other parts of the world. But governments in the six Mekong countries, China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam have realized the economic potential of the river. Most dramatic development is the planned construction of almost 30 dams (of which 4 have been built so far) in the main stream of the Mekong River. These dams will severely restrict the migration of fish and will reduce the seasonal fluctuations destroying the fish nursery grounds around Tonle Sap Lake.

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