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The Don Sahong dam, with the Sadam channel visible behind it, on August 14, 2020. (Enric Català/VOD)

Opinion: New Mekong Power Options Could Change the Tide

Developing nations in the Mekong have long had to choose between cheap, accessible power and sustainable river management. That may no longer be necessary, writes Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Stefano Galelli.

Opinion: Measuring the Real Cost of Sand Mining in the Mekong

Sand mining in the Mekong is happening far more than officially reported — meaning the damage is far worse. More sustainable options are available, writes Edward Park, a principal investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.

A fisherman with his family in Phnom Penh. (Phorn Bopha/VOD)

Data Show Turbulence, Decline in Mekong River Ecosystems

Fishers say their daily catch has plunged again. According to researchers, disturbances to Mekong water flows due to hydropower dams and climate change have disrupted fish habitats, breeding grounds, abundance and diversity.

Island of the Rich: As Sand Dune Rises, Old Neighborhood Upturned

As mega-developer OCIC completes the filling-in of Phnom Penh’s new island, Koh Norea, nearby Chbar Ampov residents are staring at a mound of sand anxiously unsure if they will be evicted by the development or driven out by real estate speculation.