Extreme flooding in the Mekong Basin

This year’s flood has submerged too much land. It’s good for the fish, but not for the farmers and fishermen. Correction: According to Prof. Chavalit Vidthayanon, fishery expert of the Mekong River Commission, this flooding may actually cause the spread of invasive non native species from fish farms. This may endanger local fish species. André […]

Colorado Webdocumentary at le Monde website

This weekend a webdocumentary with our photos and videos was published at lemonde.fr. The website of the famous French newspaper. The saturday magazine ran an 8 page photo-essay. Last week we had a photo-essay of the Mekong. Next week the Nile will close the series.

today (Sept 3) in Le Monde Magazine

Today we have an 8 page photoessay about the Mekong in the weekend magazine of the French newspaper Le Monde. For those outside of France you can see a slideshow on their website: www.lemonde.fr. In a few days we will have two new interactive maps about the Mekong River online. So please do come back.

For those in Holland. This week in ‘De Groene Amsterdammer’ a big story about the Colorado River.

And next Saturday in Le Monde Magazine a photo essay about the Colorado River.

“If you only catch one kilo of fish in a whole day, how can you live?”

Vo Van Tuan (34), fisherman and owner of small fish farm in his floating house in the Mekong delta in southern Vietnam.
I’ve lived here for almost 20 years. There used to be a lot of Fish in this water. Now there are many people and everybody is fishing. So the fish is gone.
Some people did not have enough food. They had to lock their door and leave for the main land.
This river has no future, we can’t fish for a living anymore. People will have to move to the main land where business is good. The local river people have no future here.
Some people had floating fish farms but they got no profit. they had to sell their farms and leave their place.
If you only catch one kilo of fish in a whole day, how can you live?

Disputed Waters in Le Monde (France)

The Disputed Waters project has several big publications in European media this month. French daily Le Monde will publish 3 stories in consecutive issues of its Saturday magazine ‘Le Monde Magazine’ about the Mekong, the Colorado and the Nile (3,10 and 17 September). The Dutch Magazine ‘De Groene’ will publish a story on the Colorado and Belgian magazine MO* a story on the Colorado delta in Mexico.

Conflict between tradition and Modernity

The setting sun paints the sky over Tonle Sap Lake lavender when fisherwoman Mrs. Samnang (32) pulls her net into her small boat with the help of her two children. Metal spray cans of RAID insecticide that they use to keep the net affloat bang against the boat. The catch is poor. “Nowadays we only catch small fish. All the big fish are gone,” she comments with a sad smile on her face. When asked for the reason, she just stares and says: “They say the Chinese have built dams in the river.”