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Rivers play a central role in the lives of millions of people in Southeast Asia. They provide fish, fresh water, fertile silt, transportation, recreation, and many other essential functions. Rivers and their catchments - the lifeblood of the region - are increasingly threatened by ill-conceived development schemes.

The Mekong Region is the main focus of International Rivers' work in Southeast Asia. As it passes through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, the Mekong River bursts with color and life. Sixty million people live in the lower Mekong Basin and their livelihoods and cultures are intimately connected with the river’s natural cycles. Boasting one of the world’s most diverse and productive inland fisheries, the Mekong supplies people with about 80% of their protein needs.

Yet this beautiful, dynamic and thriving river system is under threat and the next decade is critical for the future of the Mekong. The people living along the banks of the river and its tributaries see the Mekong as a resource to be nourished and sustained for future generations. But the region's governments and greedy foreign interests seem intent on constructing scores of dams on the Mekong mainstream and tributaries.

Learn more about International Rivers' work in Southeast Asia www.internationalrivers.org/node/436.

Cambodia

Cambodia

3 albums

Burma

Burma

3 albums

Xayaburi Dam

Xayaburi Dam

8 albums

Indonesia

Indonesia

1 album

Vietnam

Vietnam

1 album

Philippines

Philippines

1 album

Thailand

Thailand

8 albums

Malaysia

Malaysia

6 albums

Laos

Laos

25 albums