NEW BOOK: Ecology, Economics, Cultures of the Mekong Basin: From Keng Kood Koo to Pha Chan in A Changing Course

Montree Chantawong, Nijnirun Awabhark, Areeya Tivasuradej

Advising editors
Massaya Kamhang, Taptai Chumnasiew, Duangmanee Nareenuch, Ormbun Thipsuna, Channarong Wongla, Jintana Ketpimon, Banjoed Senchantichai, Waigoon Muangkot, Siwakorn Muangkot, Veera Wonsuwan, Somphong Daoruangrum, Son Champadok, Sineenat Somsing, Krasun Panmeesri, Nichol Pholchan, Jeerapon Nilabon, Pornpana Kuaycharoen, Rattawit Ruangprakhon, Klaew Montreesri

Produced by
Foundation for Ecological Recovery, Nature Care Foundation, Network of Mekong Community Organisations in Thailand’s 7 Northern provinces (NMCO)

With support from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Heinrich Boell Foundation and Comité catholique contre la faim et pour le développement-Terre Solidaire.

Ecology, Economics, Cultures of the Mekong Basin: From Keng Kood Koo to Pha Chan in A Changing Course records the story of Mekong riparian communities from  25 subdistricts in 7 provinces of northeastern Thailand (Isaan). The study began in 2011 and concluded in May 2014. The book aims to bring to life the knowledge possessed uniquely shaped by southeast Asia’s longest international river, the Mekong River. It illustrates the delicate complexity of Mekong hydrology and sub-ecosystems and how these provide the basis of life and natural resources to the people along the river. The book explores local cultures and socioeconomic values of natural resources with a hint of history and way of life. Policies related to the wellbeing of the Mekong River, specifically, hydropower development projects along the Mekong mainstream are featured in the book as well.

This is a translated summary version of the originally published Thai language book in May 2015 called นิเวศ เศรษฐกิจ วัฒนธรรมลุ่มน้ำโขง จากแก่งคุดคู้ถึงผาชัน ในกระแสการเปลี่ยนแปลง

June 2017

English ISBN 978-616-91679-3-8
Thai ISBN 978-616-91679-2-1

Suggested donation 300 baht.

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Abundance of Parlain Natural Resources and Communities. Pharlain Study by its community.

Abundance of Parlain Natural Resources and Communities
Pharlain Study by its community

Final report launch date: March 9, 2016

Pharlain Study on " Abundance of Parlain Natural Resources and Communities" intends to draw out the importance of Parlain ecosystems and natural resources and uses the results to facilitate the community to understand what exist in Parlain and their relationship with the environment, as well as to help them visualize possible impacts of the proposed coal-fired power plant on the environment and their community. The study looks at the socioeconomic values top three sources of incomes—betel nuts, rice, and fishery. Additional data on other type of fruits and income are also mentioned to calculate their contributions to local economy.

Research duration: 12 months, from December 2014-December 2015

Pharlain study is conducted completely by the communities of Parlain with supports from TERRA and HURFOM. These two organizations continue to monitor the study’s progress, provide technical supports in the field as well as in the analysis part throughout the study period.

The research team would also like to thank Mr. Tara Buakamsri, Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s Country Director for Thailand, who provides knowledge on coal-fired power plants and their impacts; Ms. Somporn Pengkam who helps designing the community data collection and continually gives guidance to Andin representatives since the Workshop on Natural Resource Management Research; Dr. Cherry Aung from Department of Marine Science, Pathein University who supports the team with scientific data on mangrove ecosystems, and species in the mangrove forest and other aquatic ecosystems; and Dr. Sann Myint for assisting in translations.

Proceeding: Regional conference on the

Yangon, Myanmar | 28-29 May 2013

Co-oganized by REAM, TERRA and MEE Net

Published by TERRA, January 2014

Watershed: People’s Forum on Ecology

Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA)

Watershed: People’s Forum on Ecology is a magazine covering the issues of ecology, means of livelihood and development issues in the Mekong Region. Published three times a year by TERRA since July 1995, Watershed aims to encourage the debate on environmental, social and political issues relating to development in the region. Back issues of Watershed are available for download.

Watershed: People’s Forum on Ecology

Socio-economic and ecological implications of large-scale industrial plantation in Lao PDR

Case study of rubber in Laos' south

Collaboration between Land and Natural Resources Research and Information Centre, National Land Management Authority, Office of Prime Minister, Lao PDR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand and Foundation for Ecological Recovery, Bangkok, Thailand.