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Chinese dams compromising Mekong River's biodiversity, resources


Chinese dams compromising Mekong River's biodiversity, resources

Cambodia/ Vietnam, Apr 02 (ANI): The Mekong ranks as one of the world's most productive inland fisheries. Its basin banks support a population of 60 million Thai, Laotians, Cambodians, and Vietnamese.

the great biodiversity and precious resources of the Mekong are increasingly endangered by the rush to dam one of the world's great rivers. A total of 11 mainstream dams and 120 dams on tributaries are planned, which scientists warn will imperil the already fragile river system.

Recent studies call for a suspension and review of future projects. A UNESCO report has warned that Chinese dams built on the upper sections, known as Lancang, have caused a 70 per cent reduction in sediment, which will adversely impact fisheries and rice production in Cambodia and Vietnam.

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