Celebrating the Mekong on World Wetlands Day
Danube Delta, Romania.
On 2 February, World Wetlands Day, WWF celebrated the Mekong River and highlighted efforts to ensure it remains plentiful and healthy. The Mekong is home to a wide array of wildlife, including rare and threatened species. It also plays a crucial role in providing rice to 300 million people, and the inland fishery makes up 25 percent of the global freshwater catch. However, the region’s emerging economies are turning to hydropower as a source of cheap energy, and 11 planned dams are already threatening the Mekong’s water flows. WWF is helping identify hydropower projects that are sustainable, and is also educating and assisting communities in managing fisheries and developing ecotourism to ensure that the Mekong continues to sustain humans and wildlife.
Original article posted on: 30.01.15 Updated on: 12.03.15