Mekong dams must release less water in dry season to preserve habitats, experts say

Abnormally high-water levels in the Mekong River at the end of May indicate that dams on the river must release less water during the dry season to protect the ecosystem, experts said at an online panel Monday. Rain levels during the dry season this year have ...

Eugene Whong

Worries in Laos and Thailand as upstream dams drain Mekong River

Low water levels and a lack of sediment have affected the ecosystem and people’s livelihoods. Experts say the dams make the impact of periodic droughts in the Mekong basin worse and rob the river of the “pulse effect” that spreads water and nutrients that support ...

RFA

Luxembourg’s aid to support MRC’s new strategic directions

Luxembourg has provided EUR1 million (approx. USD1.13 million) in funding to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to assist Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam to maintain the ecological functions of the Mekong River and strengthen resilience against climate risks, floods and droughts.The grant ...

KPL

Mapping present, future of Lao agriculture, land use insights LRIMS with FAO, GEF

Lao Agriculture looks to future as Land Resources Information Management System (LRIMS) currently permits public access to detailed future scenarios amid climate change for free with help from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).Access to climate ...

KPL

Climate mitigation initiative yields fruit

A completed initiative to protect the climate has contributed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving livelihoods, and conserving precious and fragile biodiversity, a report has revealed. Initiated in 2011, the Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation Programme (CliPAD), which ends this year, aimed to address the loss ...

Times Reporters

Laos intensifying efforts in agriculture climate change response

The government is accelerating efforts to boost farmers’ yields to meet national food security strategy and production targets by 2020 in response to global climate change.Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Dr Lien Thikeo made the statement during a recent address to mark World Food Day.He ...

Ounkham Pimmata

Meteorologists get lessons in climate modelling

Meteorological officials from Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia met in Vientiane on Tuesday to discuss and learn about advanced climate modelling.  The International Advanced Climate Modelling Training, organised by the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, is being attended ...

Phomphong Laoin

Laos farmers challenged by extreme weather

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The nation’s farmers are facing ongoing challenges with their crop production as temperatures continue to soar to extreme levels.The Meteorology and Hydrology Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment reported recently that maximum temperatures in Laos reached 40ºC and ...

Ounkham Pimmata

No relief from hot weather before end of April

The current hot weather is likely to continue until the end of this month in some parts of the country, with temperatures hovering around 40C for the past few days, weather forecasters say. However, there may be rain and strong wind gusts in some areas from ...

Times Reporters

Taming Waters In Xayaboury

(KPL) Almost four years ago, UNDP had a project in Xayaboury province of northern Lao PDR to help farmers in their struggles to cope with climate change.  This February, we returned to one of the villages to see how they have managed with changing weather conditions ...

KPL

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