Second Blogs

The second stories from the research site by MK32 fellows are currently updated. Check out interesting worth-reading blogs from all over the Mekong basin here.

Aging as a problem…

By Saowanee T. Alexander, Surasom Krinachuta, Pinwadee Srisupan and Thitarat Panchana When we set out to conduct this research at Nong Ong village, Si Saket province, Thailand, we did not enter the field with any thought at all about aging and its relationship with women’s participation in post-dam rehabilitation projects. As we interviewed more and … Continue reading Aging as a problem…

Naga and I

by Soimart Rungmanee Naga, a semi- divine creature taking the form of a great snake or dragon, appears in Buddhist and Hindu cosmology. Naga in Buddhist folklore was a human being with a snake or dragon extending over the head. One naga who transformed into a human semblance attempted to be a monk, but it … Continue reading Naga and I

Local participation in fishery management among ethnic groups in Laos and Cambodia of the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB)

by Serey Sok and Somkhit Boulidam The Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) is diverse; more than 70 ethnic groups speak different languages and dialects in remote and closed micro-societies. Most of populations are farmer and/or relies on fishing for subsistence livelihood. A 47-year-old Cham fisherfolk residing along the Tonle Sap Lake admitted that his family cannot live … Continue reading Local participation in fishery management among ethnic groups in Laos and Cambodia of the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB)

Local people’s Perspective: Demands for social justice from hydropower development

by Suon Siny For my fellowship, I have collaborated with Northeastern Rural Development (NRD), a local non-governmental organization operating in Sambor district of Kratie province to do field data collection from January to March 2016. On May 27, 2016, NRD held an annual reflection workshop on Voice and Action of Women for Communities Fishery in Sambor … Continue reading Local people’s Perspective: Demands for social justice from hydropower development

WATER SCARCITY: SAVING COFFEE OR CHANGING THE CROPS AND LIVELIHOOD STRATEGIES

by Nguyen Phuong Le All members of the Ede minority in Cu Sue lived on rice shifting cultivation until the establishment of the State-run Ea Pok Coffee Company in 1985. Since that time, Ede farmers in three villages where I conducted the research have been required to do fixed cultivation. All Ede farmers were resettled … Continue reading WATER SCARCITY: SAVING COFFEE OR CHANGING THE CROPS AND LIVELIHOOD STRATEGIES

Mining investment, resource governance and livelihood changes in Pek district, Xieng Khouang Province, Laos

By Oulavanh Keovilignavong Mining investment is significant to Lao national economy by contributing to 8-11% of gross domestic product (GDP) and 20% of the government revenue, and would create jobs 5% of non-agricultural activities and about 10% per annual to GDP over the next 15 years. But, the experience of Phu Bia Mining Company (PBM) … Continue reading Mining investment, resource governance and livelihood changes in Pek district, Xieng Khouang Province, Laos