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26 May 2016

A large part of mainland South-East Asia depends on the Mekong River for food and water security. Food security and livelihoods are threatened by the construction of hydropower facilities in China, Laos and Cambodia. While these facilities are likely to further the economic development of the region this will come at the expense of traditional farming and cultural practices.

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  • 25 May 2016
    What’s Next?

    Events that may influence the next week's research: 25 May is Africa Day. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation Council will hold its 154th session in Rome from 30 May to 3 June.

  • 17 May 2016
    What’s Next

    Events that may influence the next week's research: 16-22 May. The Bonn, Germany Climate Change Conference (being the first ad hoc Working Group of the Paris Agreement) discussing China, Africa and technological advice.

  • 6 May 2016
    What’s Next?

    Events that may influence the next week's research: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on 6 May. The Southern Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit ends in Mozambique on 6 May.  

  • 29 April 2016
    What’s Next?

    Events that may influence the next week's research: Second Indo-US Infrastructure Summit will be held in New Delhi: 29 Apr. Zwelinzima Vavi, former Congress of South African Trade Unions Secretary-General will launch a new trade union: 1 May.


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