The Mekong River basin is home to more than 300 million people and spans six countries – Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is the premier international environmental donor, providing nearly $18 billion in grants and mobilizing an additional $93 billion in co-financing for environmental projects in 170 countries since it was set up at the Earth Summit in 1992.
Social media is proving its important role in promoting environmental awareness to the young generation in Vietnam and throughout SE Asia.
Journalists are working together to raise awareness about dangers to the Mekong River’s ecosystem and the impact on livelihoods and health.
"There was drought so we had to share the little water brought a long distance from irrigation canals to the field.
“We need you to tell our story,” Headman Pan Changairo says to a group of journalists. “We don’t want to lose our land and our way of life.” Changairo is concerned about the effects a proposed large-scale dam would have on his village in Northern Thailand, Mae Khannin Tai.
Tough questions and stone-faced rebuttals from authorities don’t deter Wang Jing, a young journalist at China’s New Century magazine. "I feel I am a representative of the public,” said Jing, explaining her recent persistent enquiries of Thai officials.
Dzung has specialized in environmental coverage for 13 years at the Tien Phong (Vanguard) Newspaper, one of Vietnam’s ten largest-circulation dailies.
As a result of the stories written by the journalists, the project was immediately downsized from 300 hectares to 190, and the national government is now reviewing it in detail for a report that will be delivered to the prime minister.