In this edition, we examine whether transboundary efforts can save dolphins in Lao PDR and look at the urgent need to address any future declines in fisheries in Cambodia. The issue also reports on the latest regional diplomatic efforts in the Mekong region and rituals to prolong the river's life in northeast Thailand as well as aquaculture and fisheries in reservoirs in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.

Table of Contents

  1. Conservation
    Can trans-boundary management save the dolphins in Lao PDR?
  2. Nutrition
    Study finds urgent need to address any future declines in fisheries in Cambodia
  3. Mekong diplomacy (1)
    Preserving the Mekong System
  4. Mekong diplomacy (2)
    Exotic species in southern Viet Nam
  5. Cambodia's National Fish Day
    Cambodia seeks more effective measures against illegal fishing
  6. Religion
    Traditional rituals aim to prolong life of Mother of Water in northeast Thailand
  7. Hunger
    Mekong governments awarded for outstanding progress in fighting hunger
  8. Fisheries production in Myanmar
    Myanmar posts region's fastest growth in aquaculture

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Editorial Panel

  • So Nam, Fisheries Programme Coordinator
  • Peter Degen, Chief Technical Advisor
  • Souvanny Phommakone, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Buoy Roitana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Theerawat Samphawamana, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Nguyen Hai Son, Fisheries Programme Officer
  • Malasri Khumsri, Fisheries Management and Governance Specialist
  • Ngor Peng Bun, Capture Fisheries Specialist
  • Kong Sovanara, Aquaculture Specialist

    Editor: Peter Starr
    Designer: Chhut Chheana


The opinions and interpretation expressed within are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Mekong River Commission