World’s largest freshwater fish threatened | Bangkok Post: opinion

The 16th Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) has brought thousands of delegates from over 150 countries to Bangkok to discuss cross-border cooperation, sustainable use of biodiversity and transnational endangered species issues.

The importance of these issues is not lost on people living in the countries that share the Mekong _ namely Thailand, China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam _ grapple with similar topics as part of the ongoing debate about mainstream dams on the river.

Construction has already begun on the first mainstream dam on the lower Mekong, and without improved planning and cooperation between Mekong countries, mainstream dams will have serious transboundary environmental impacts.

The first of 11 dams planned for the mainstream of the lower Mekong River, the Xayaburi dam will likely have a negative impact on biodiversity, sediment and nutrient flow and fisheries production, undercutting the livelihoods of people living along the river in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

via World’s largest freshwater fish threatened | Bangkok Post: opinion.

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