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Planning the development of the Mekong river basin

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Abstract

In planning to develop the vast potential of the Mekong river in Southeast Asia, a number of institutional aspects need to be addressed, and the sometimes diverging interests of the riparian countries need to be carefully balanced. The Mekong river is an extremely valuable natural resource: its potential for irrigation, hydropower, navigation, fisheries and related development is more than adequate to raise significantly the standards of living of the people of the lower Mekong basin and in the riparian countries outside the river's catchment area. The Mekong's catchment area of 795 000 km[sup 2] encompasses parts of China and Myanmar, the whole of Laos and Cambodia, one third of Thailand and one fifth of Viet Nam. The population of the Mekong basin is around 100 million, about half of whom live in the lower basin. It could be said that these impoverished inhabitants of the basin depend significantly on the Mekong for an improvement in their livelihood, and this places a heavy responsibility on those involved in developing its water resources. The Mekong Committee, since its establishment in 1957 and in its present interim status since 1977, is dedicated to the co-ordinated development of the basin's resources, on the basis  More>>
Authors:
Chomchai, P [1] 
  1. Mekong Secretariat, Bangkok (Thailand)
Publication Date:
Oct 01, 1992
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
GB-92-053553; EDB-93-017818
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: International Water Power and Dam Construction; (United Kingdom); Journal Volume: 44:10
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; RIVERS; RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT; BURMA; CAMBODIA; CHINA; FISHERIES; HYDROELECTRIC POWER; IRRIGATION; LAOS; NAVIGATION; PLANNING; RESOURCE POTENTIAL; THAILAND; VIET NAM; ASIA; DEVELOPING COUNTRIES; ELECTRIC POWER; ENERGY SOURCES; POWER; RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES; STREAMS; SURFACE WATERS; 130000* - Hydro Energy; 130100 - Hydro Energy- Resources & Availability
OSTI ID:
6913745
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 0306-400X; CODEN: IWPCDM
Submitting Site:
GB
Size:
Pages: 34-38
Announcement Date:
Feb 15, 1993

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Citation Formats

Chomchai, P. Planning the development of the Mekong river basin. United Kingdom: N. p., 1992. Web.
Chomchai, P. Planning the development of the Mekong river basin. United Kingdom.
Chomchai, P. 1992. "Planning the development of the Mekong river basin." United Kingdom.
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title = {Planning the development of the Mekong river basin}
author = {Chomchai, P}
abstractNote = {In planning to develop the vast potential of the Mekong river in Southeast Asia, a number of institutional aspects need to be addressed, and the sometimes diverging interests of the riparian countries need to be carefully balanced. The Mekong river is an extremely valuable natural resource: its potential for irrigation, hydropower, navigation, fisheries and related development is more than adequate to raise significantly the standards of living of the people of the lower Mekong basin and in the riparian countries outside the river's catchment area. The Mekong's catchment area of 795 000 km[sup 2] encompasses parts of China and Myanmar, the whole of Laos and Cambodia, one third of Thailand and one fifth of Viet Nam. The population of the Mekong basin is around 100 million, about half of whom live in the lower basin. It could be said that these impoverished inhabitants of the basin depend significantly on the Mekong for an improvement in their livelihood, and this places a heavy responsibility on those involved in developing its water resources. The Mekong Committee, since its establishment in 1957 and in its present interim status since 1977, is dedicated to the co-ordinated development of the basin's resources, on the basis of reasonable and equitable sharing between the riparian states as stated in the Committee's declaration of principles. With the establishment of the Mekon Committee, serious efforts have been made aimed at rational management of water resources use. (author).}
journal = {International Water Power and Dam Construction; (United Kingdom)}
volume = {44:10}
journal type = {AC}
place = {United Kingdom}
year = {1992}
month = {Oct}
}