Our last issue for a year like no other examines a new aquifer project in Cambodia and Viet Nam, a vulnerable carp species threatened by illegal fishing and a new way for fish farmers to monitor water with remote-sensing satellite technology from Japan. We also look at selected economic, commodity, food security and environmental statistics for Lower Mekong countries from a global yearbook revived after an absence of seven years.


Table of Contents

4 Groundwater
Cambodia and Viet Nam prepare transboundary aquifer project

11 Hydropower
Guidelines aim to optimise benefits and reduce risks of hydropower development

12 Capture fisheries
Vulnerable small-scale mud carp increasingly threatened by illegal fishing

18 Aquaculture
Fish farmers get easy way to monitor changing water conditions

22 Energy
Diversifying solar panel suppliers during the Covid-19 crisis

26 Climate change (1)
Greenhouse emissions and climate change

30 Climate change (2)
Finding the right policy mix to the safeguard the world’s climate

32 Statistics
FAO Statistical Yearbook returns after seven-year absence

42 Endangered species (1)
Urgent solutions for wildlife management

44 Endangered species (2)
Dining on endangered fish species

45 Human resources
Lao and Vietnamese governments promote former MRC staffers

46 Fish prices

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© Mekong River Commission 2020

Editorial Panel:

  • Hak Socheat, Director of Environmental Management Division
  • So Nam, Chief Environmental Management Officer
  • Phattareeya Suanrattanachai, Fisheries Management Specialist
  • 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
Designers: 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.