Mekong Basin Connect

Energy, Water, and Sustainability

Mekong Basin Connect

The Mekong Basin Connect program collaborates with stakeholders to develop strategies for integrated water-energy planning and stakeholder-driven processes that reach across borders to ensure a sustainable and secure Mekong basin. This program promotes pragmatic approaches that meet each country’s development needs while minimizing environmental, social, and political risks.
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Research and Analysis

February 27, 2019 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Stimson’s Southeast Asia Program is pleased to share the fifth issue brief in Stimson’s Letters from the Mekong series, which explores the vital role that Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake plays in the Mekong and identifies alternative pathways for development which can optimize trade-offs to th

April 24, 2018 | EXPERT: James Borton

By James Borton In early April 2016, fishermen in Vietnam began noticing something alarming: Dead fish were washing up on the shores of several provinces. Days turned into weeks, and the dead tuna and mackerel kept coming, joined by clams and even one whale.

April 4, 2018 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

Brian Eyler, Director of the Southeast Asia Program and Director of the Energy, Water, and Sustainability Program, spoke at the 3rd Mekong River Commissions Summit's Ministerial Meeting.

February 20, 2018 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Countries in the Mekong Basin need a strategic, basin-wide approach to efficiently develop the basin’s water and energy resources in ways that protect the natural productivity of the river system.

January 31, 2018 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

Stimson Southeast Asia program director Brian Eyler recently visited Plov Tuok, a community of 800 floating homes atop of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake — the largest lake in Southeast Asia and the world's largest inland fishery.

December 22, 2017 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

MEKONG DELTA UNDER THREAT

July 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

This issue brief, the fourth in Stimson’s “Letters from the Mekong” series, explores the shifting terrain for power sector development in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), analyzing hydropower within the context of a broader range of emerging factors and opportunities that could lead to a trans

October 12, 2016 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler , EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

This issue brief—the third in Stimson’s “Letters from the Mekong” series — continues to challenge the prevailing narrative that the current rapid pace of dam construction on the Mekong River in mainland Southeast Asia will continue until the entire river is turned into a series of reservoirs.

October 9, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

This issue brief - the second in Stimson's "Letters from the Mekong" series - examines the current status of mitigation efforts at Laos' Xayaburi and Don Sahong dam projects and the relevance of the existing narrative surrounding hydropower development on the river's mainstream.
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