Mekong Citizen stories and discussions

patrolling team starts their action to  protect Mekong River and fish in Sambo district of Kratie province, Cambodia.

Water Governance in Action!

This video explains how, with Oxfam’s support, our partner-Northeastern Rural Development (NRD), the government and community members are tackling the problems of illegal fishing.

MUDU, BURMA - AUGUST 03:  Students look out the window of their classroom in a village inside the planned Dawei SEZ on August 3, 2015 in Mudu, Burma. The controversial, multi-billion dollar Dawei special economic zone and deep sea port has been stuck in a quagmire for years, however, three-way meetings between Thailand, Myanmar, and Japan have pushed the project closer with an agreement to develop the first stage of construction expected this week. The plan is expected to displace thousands of local residents from at least five villages and local farmers and fishermen are worried that the massive project will negatively effect their livelihoods.  (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

The Evolution of Development: How People from Across the Mekong Region are Mapping out their Collective Future

Five countries. A vast range of ministries, government agencies, businesses, NGOs, community organizations. Hundreds of citizens. Through a landmark participatory process, Mekong Partnership for the Environment and its public participation guidelines are changing how development is done across the region.

An Hou is on the patrolling boat at Kandol Mouy Roy Deep Pool conservation zone of the Mekong River in Sambo district of Kratie province, photo by Socheata Sim/Oxfam

Commonality to Stop Illegal Fishing

“Stop them, they used illegal fishing tools.” These are the voices of community fishery members shouting louder at the illegal fishermen during the crackdown happened in one of the deep pools in the Mekong River of Pon Chea village, Sambo district where it is the habitat and spawning ground for various types of fish in the Mekong and the Great Lake in Cambodia.

Mr. Sam Sovann, executing director of Northeastern Rural Development organization explains about the geography of the Mekong River in Kratie province to staff from Oxfam and Cambodia Disabled People's Organization during a visit to Boeung Char commune.

People Living with Disabilities Speak Up

People living with Disabilities (PWD) used to be given less opportunity to speak up in meetings due to either their shyness, or because the organizers seemed to forget to involve them in any activities, according to Thae Khamkhorn, a female farmer whose livelihood depends on the Sekong River. However, it is changed now, thanks to Oxfam’s Inclusion project and concerned advocacy partners.


Our River…, Our Life…

Plans to build dams on the Salween River by the Burma government, China and Thailand threatens millions of villagers and animals that depend on the free flowing river for their living, food sources and as a vital transport link.


From Grassroots to the Boardroom

How a Mining Company and an Indigenous Community Are Working Together to Improve Development

A young river activist, Peng Chamrouen, takes a photo of fisherman fishing in Sesan River in Taveng commune of Rattanakiri province as part of her patrolling activity to document and to protect the river.

Gender Inclusion in Water Governance

A 16-year-old Karen boy, swims in the Salween River at the Myanmar-Thai border. Photo Credit: Adrees Latif/Reuters.

The plan to dam Asia’s last free-flowing international river

Mory, Thavin and Kanitha (left to right) during the youth matching Oxfam's Youth Summit on Inequality in Canada

Youth’s Power to Fight Inequality

Three young people from the Mekong region are excited to attend the upcoming Global Youth Summit on Inequality as part of the 2016 World Social Forum.


The pathways for gender equity and women’s leadership in water governance

Environmental and investment experts from around the region are working together to improve public participation in infrastructure development. The results, participants believe, could change the future of the Mekong region, Credit: Taylor Weidman, Getty Images

How One Small Group is Giving Communities the Power to Change the Future

Representatives from Governments and Civil Society Organizations around the Mekong Region are working together to improve public participation in infrastructure development. The results, participants believe, could change the future of the region.


Active and Engaged: Indigenous Women Make Their Voices Heard with Cambodian Mining Company

Women – especially indigenous women – are often the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of development projects. Socheat Penh from Mekong Partnership for the Environment shares the story of Sok Sreymom, an indigenous woman in Cambodia who is turning that vulnerability into active engagement with a mining company. MPE partner Development Partnership in Action (DPA) helps communities engage in Environmental Impact Assessment processes. And Sreymom’s community is a vivid example of how active engagement can minimize harms and improve outcomes – especially for indigenous women.