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Currently, in the Mekong basin, in addition to hundreds of dam in tributaries, there are six mainstream dams in operation in China’s part. Meanwhile, there are closer risks to the Mekong Delta from the 11 mainstream dams planned to be built in the lower Mekong in Laos and Cambodia.
Mekong Delta in Vietnam is one of the most affected areas by climate change in the world. In the future, when hydropower dams add up these impacts, local life will certainly be harder and harder.
Eventually, those farmers and fishermen like Mr. Sau Dung will be most vulnerable when the river is no longer the Mekong that used to nurture them in the past.
The story is produced by PanNature with support from the McArthur Foundation and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF).