In this edition, we look at water quality across the Lower Mekong Basin, a Lao wind farm project to export power to Viet Nam and a new study highlighting the need to identify organisms at greatest risk from plastic pollution – especially those in freshwater habitats. Our August issue also examines financial aspects of climate change in the region and of biodiversity loss worldwide.


Table of Contents

4 Energy
Mitsubishi joins Lao wind farm project to export power to Viet Nam

8 Water quality
Water quality still ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ at most sites across Lower Mekong Basin

16 Aquaculture
Mud-free farming of Asian swamp eels gathers pace in Mekong Delta in Viet Nam

20 Reptile trafficking
Reptile traffickers trawl scientific literature to target newly described species

24 Plastic pollution
New study stresses need to identify organisms at greatest risk from plastics

26 Zoonoses
Four international agencies form new panel to address zoonotic diseases

28 Biodiversity
A case for action to address financial impacts of biodiversity loss

30 Climate change (1)
Physical climate risks moderately to highly negative for Lower Mekong credit ratings

36 Climate change (2)
How ASEAN central banks are managing climate and environment-related risks

46 Prices
World fish prices, freshwater prices for fish and other aquatic animals in Thailand and Viet Nam


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© Mekong River Commission 2021


Editorial Panel:

  • Hak Socheat, Director of Environmental Management Division
  • So Nam, Chief Environmental Management Officer
  • Prayooth Yaowakhan, Ecosystem and Wetland Specialist
  • Nuon Vanna, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology Officer
  • Ly Kongmeng, Water Quality Officer
  • Erinda Pubill Panen, Environmental Monitoring Advisor, GIZ-MRC Cooperation Programme
  • Mayvong Sayatham, Environmental Diplomacy Advisor, GIZ-MRC Cooperation Programme

Editor: Peter Starr
Graphic Designer: Chhut Chheana

The opinions and interpretation expressed within are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Mekong River Commission.