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The game, produced by a project aiming to improve hydropower decision-making processes in the Mekong, simulates the development of a river basin. Each riverbank is controlled by one ‘player,’ who works to establish agriculture, industry, energy production, and recreational/conservation spaces.

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In the Mekong River Basin, hydropower has great potential to bring economic prosperity and electrification to rural communities while meeting the growing power demands of urban centers. But ensuring the benefits from hydropower are equitably shared within nations as well as at the river basin scale is not easy.

A persistent problem in the Mekong is that misplaced and resettled river communities are unable to continue their original way of living. For example, they may lose access to cultivable land, grazing spaces for livestock, or fishing grounds, which can often mean losing an important source of income. How can new sustainable options be created for these communities?

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There is something inherently fascinating about maps. They invite the eye to roam free and resonate perhaps with our ancient hunter-gatherer instincts. Maps tell stories of what was and what could be. They can represent the world around us in ways we never imagined so that something as prosaic as which way the wind blows becomes a view into an alternate universe. Maps can make subway routes a work of art and reveal relationships we never knew existed.

The film examines the issues of hydropower development and its impact on Mekong citizens’ lives...

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November 7 will probably be remembered for President Obama’s second term success. Nobody that we are aware of remembered that it was also the day, 95 years ago, that the Bolsheviks toppled Czar Nicholas II of Russia. This singular day in revolutionary history was chosen by the Lao government to ‘break ground’ at the site of the Xayaburi Dam....

“The challenge and the opportunity here are the same—to manage this vibrant ecosystem and its rich natural resources as a complete, interconnected whole.”

Carter Roberts

WWF President and CEO

This article provides an institutional analysis of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and highlights the institutional dissonance between regional and national decision-making landscapes in the Lower Mekong Basin.

The River Awareness Kit (RAK) is an approach to information sharing pioneered in the Mekong River Basin by Hatfield Consultants. RAKs are interactive web-based tools aimed at local river basin institutions and stakeholders. Their purpose is to facilitate an inclusive and transparent approach to IWRM at a river basin level.

MekongInfo is an interactive system for sharing information and knowledge about participatory natural resource management (NRM) in the Lower Mekong Basin.

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