ICEM - The Mekong River from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang
The Mekong River is one of the world’s great river systems, flowing 4,909 km through six countries: China, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Viet Nam. The river Basin’s biodiversity is immense, and fundamental to the viability of natural resource-based rural livelihoods of a population of 60 million people living in the Lower Mekong Basin.

The river is also an important resource for economic development. Phase 1 of the Development Plan of International Navigation on the Lancang-Mekong River (LMDP) aims to improve navigation in the Mekong mainstream from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang. Projects include the development of three cargo ports at Xiengkok, Pak Beng and Luang Prabang in Laos; the improvement and maintenance of rapids and shoals; and the construction of four emergency response and rescue ships and aids to navigation.
The environmental study aims to engage riparian communities, MRC member countries and local government in an exploration of the potential environmental impacts of the LMDP, and to support Mekong countries in ensuring that these are managed through appropriate enhancement and mitigation measures.

This photo album showcases selected features of the Mekong River from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang.

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