After the submission of the midterm reports, MK32 fellows have gathered stories and interesting issues they found in their works for us to read. Don’t worry, we are not posting the academic workpieces here. The stories express in the blogging language style.
Check out the worth-reading blogs from MK32 fellows now below.
by Soimart Rungmanee Chaiburi village in Tha Uten District, Nakorn Phanom province, Thailand is known for its fish production. Two main water sources lie across the village being the Mekong and the Songkhram Rivers. The latter is a tributary that mouths into the Mekong River in the village. Known as the district of fish, Chaiburi … Continue reading In Search of the Famous Sour Fish Sausages Production (Som-pla-do)
by Minitta Taosouvanh In a conversation with an elderly woman (someone we call “grandmother” in the local language) during my field visit, she told me that 90 percent of the locals were fishermen; they caught fish for family consumption and sale. She also said that in the past there were so many fish, so many … Continue reading Mekong Dolphins And Their Fate
by Jenny Lovell The Irrigation Front The story of Vietnam’s changing countryside is still unfolding. Beginning in the 1980s, a cascade of changes rippled across the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta. The country spent 25 years mired in conflict, freeing themselves of colonial ties, only to start a new battle: the “irrigation front.” The canal and … Continue reading The Changing Vietnamese Mekong Delta
by Oulavanh Keovilignavong Five years ago, I travelled by bus to Pek district, Xieng Khouang Province, located about 400 km northeast of Vientiane Capital. The city centre of Pek district is known as Phonsavan town, where all provincial departments and administrations and Pek district offices are located in. This province is one of famous tourism … Continue reading How mining investment have shape local community in Phu He, Laos ?
by Saowanee T. Alexander, Surasom Krisnachuta, Thitarat Panchana and Pinwadee Srisuphan She pointed to the Mun, a Mekong’s tributary river, and told us that her son, the village head went out to catch fish. He would be back in the evening. She invited us to sit down and wait for him. It was a very … Continue reading A Mother’s Desperate Hope: An Untold Story from a Tributary River Village
by Nguyen Thi Hai Ninh We arrived in Can Tho on a day in December. The climate full of sun and wind in the South Western made the research team members relaxed and comfortable, which was unlike the cutting cold in Ha Noi. With the contact before the trip, a friend working at the Can … Continue reading One day of experience with aquaculture farmers in Can Tho
by Suon Siny Mr. Horm Sokhorn (36 years old) and his wife, Chanthorn, are living in Samphin village on Rogneav Island, Sambor district. His family and his sister’s family living together with his old mother in one house. Like other villagers on the island, their livelihood, such as fishing and farming, is closely associated with the Mekong River eco-system. … Continue reading “Livelihood Experiences and Uncertain Future of a Mekong River fishman in Sambor district, Kratie province, Cambodia”
by Nguyen Phuong Le I have been in Cu M’gar district, Dak Lak province for doing research funded by MK32 from late November to the early December 2015. It could be said that Central Highland in general and Cu M’gar in particular brought me a very good impression because of its landscape and people. As … Continue reading Coffee, Pepper or Other Crops in a Context of Water Scarcity: A Story from Cu M’gar District, Dak Lak Province, Central Highland, Vietnam
by Serey Sok & Somkhit Bouridam Many residents in Khamhieng village of Xe Bang Fai district, Khammouane Province were once highly dependent upon water-related resources, i.e., water and fishery for their livelihood development from Xe Bang Fai River Basin and Nam Theun, a tributary of the Mekong River. A 53-year Bounthom has been a fisherfolk … Continue reading “Challenges in fishery management and livelihood development among Phouthai people in Xe Bang Fai District of Khammouane Province of Lao PDR”
by Le Thi Huong Loan In the middle of March, we visited Bac Tra My District. It is a mountainous area of Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. It is the motherland of Ca-dong people – an ethnic minority of Vietnam. Bac Tra My is a poor district with the poverty rate is up to nearly 20%. … Continue reading The dark side of hydropower: untold stories from Song Tranh 2 hydropower, Quang Nam Province
by Nguyen Thi Da Thao Drought, as we commonly know it, is a reduction of moisture in the air, the loss of surface water sources, the reduction of flows in river basins, and the declining level of underground water supply. Not only does a drought cause environmental problems, it also negatively impacts cultivation patterns and … Continue reading Droughts Increased Pressure on Women’s Wellbeing
by Nguyen Bich Ngoc We visited a natural stream with a very beautiful landscape in Phuoc Hoa commune, Phuoc Son district in Quang Nam province, Central Vietnam in March 2016. Water is very clean and cold during hot period. Visitors were exciting because they could swim, have food and enjoy the fresh atmosphere inside the … Continue reading WOMEN AND FORESTS