The catchment region of the Mekong River and its tributaries extends from China, via Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and to Vietnam. The water assets of the Mekong quarter - from the Irrawaddy and Nu-Salween within the west, around the Chao Phraya to the Lancang-Mekong and purple River within the east- are more and more contested. Governments, businesses, and banks are riding new investments in roads, dams, diversions, irrigation schemes, navigation amenities, energy crops and different trademarks of traditional 'development'. Their plans and interventions may still offer a few advantages, but in addition pose a number of burdens and hazards to thousands of individuals depending on wetlands, floodplains and aquatic assets, specifically, the wild catch fisheries of rivers and lakes.
This booklet examines how large-scale tasks are being proposed, justified, and equipped. How are such tasks contested and the way do particular governance regimes effect selection making? The booklet additionally highlights the emergence of recent actors, rights and trade-off debates, and the social and environmental effects of 'water assets development'.
This ebook exhibits how various, and infrequently opposed, ideologies and pursuits are contesting for legitimacy. It argues that the distribution of decision-making, political, and discursive energy impacts how the waterscapes of the area will eventually glance and the way advantages, expenses and dangers may be disbursed. those concerns are the most important for the transformation of waterscapes and the customers for democratizing water governance within the Mekong region.
The e-book is a part of the action-research of the M-POWER (Mekong application on Water, atmosphere and Resilience) wisdom network.
Published with IFAD, CG|AR problem application on Water & nutrition, M-POWER, venture ECHEL-EAU and HEINRICH BOLL STIFTUNG