By Fran?ois Molle

The catchment region of the Mekong River and its tributaries extends from China, via Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and to Vietnam. The water assets of the Mekong area - from the Irrawaddy and Nu-Salween within the west, around the Chao Phraya to the Lancang-Mekong and purple River within the east- are more and more contested. Governments, businesses, and banks are riding new investments in roads, dams, diversions, irrigation schemes, navigation amenities, strength crops and different logos of traditional 'development'. Their plans and interventions may still offer a few merits, but additionally pose a number of burdens and dangers to thousands of individuals depending on wetlands, floodplains and aquatic assets, particularly, the wild trap fisheries of rivers and lakes.

This publication examines how large-scale tasks are being proposed, justified, and equipped. How are such initiatives contested and the way do particular governance regimes impression choice making? The ebook additionally highlights the emergence of recent actors, rights and trade-off debates, and the social and environmental outcomes of 'water assets development'.

This ebook exhibits how different, and sometimes hostile, ideologies and pursuits are contesting for legitimacy. It argues that the distribution of decision-making, political, and discursive strength impacts how the waterscapes of the sector will eventually glance and the way merits, charges and hazards may be allotted. those matters are an important for the transformation of waterscapes and the clients for democratizing water governance within the Mekong region.

The booklet is a part of the action-research of the M-POWER (Mekong application on Water, atmosphere and Resilience) wisdom network.

Published with IFAD, CG|AR problem software on Water & foodstuff, M-POWER, undertaking ECHEL-EAU and HEINRICH BOLL STIFTUNG

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