The Mekong: Biophysical Environment of an International by Ian Charles Campbell

By Ian Charles Campbell

The Mekong is the main debatable river in Southeast Asia, and more and more the focal point of foreign cognizance. It flows via 6 counties, China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. The four downstream nations have shaped the Mekong River fee to advertise sustainable improvement of the river and lots of in their humans depend upon it for his or her subsistence ? it has attainable the most important freshwater fishery on the planet, and the Mekong waters aid rice agriculture within the delta in Viet Nam (which produces approximately forty% of that country's nutrients) in addition to in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

China is now development the 1st huge mainstream dam at the river, and has proposals for a number of extra. those dams are inclined to have an effect on the downstream nations. numerous of the downstream international locations even have plans for big scale hydropower and irrigation improvement which may additionally effect the river.

This ebook will supply an effective evaluate of the biophysical atmosphere of the Mekong including a dialogue of the prospective affects, biophysical, financial and social, of a few attainable improvement eventualities. it's meant to supply a technical foundation that may tell the transforming into political and conservation debate in regards to the way forward for the Mekong River, and those that depend upon it. it truly is geared toward river ecologists, geographers, environmentalists and improvement experts either within the basin and (especially) outdoor for whom entry to this fabric is so much difficult.

This e-book stands out as the first complete therapy of the Mekong procedure.

  • The first complete evaluate of all elements of the Mekong River system
  • Deals with a domestically serious environment and one below threat
  • The Mekong helps the world's biggest freshwater fishery and offers water underpinning a huge local rice paddy system
  • Presents the authoritative findings of the Mekong River Commission's study for a much broader viewers for the 1st time outdoor of restricted distribution reports

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