EP10 Mekong River Part One: Its Might and Great Source of Life
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"First on air 8 May 2021"

Mekong River runs over 4,900 kms through the heartland of ancient civilizations, nurturing unique and complex ecosystems, and feeding more than 60 million people in six Asian countries. Believed to be the habitat of Naga, the giant horn snake, the river is revered by people along its course, and is considered as the birth place of life. Mekong countries are the world’s key rice producers, and Mekong River possesses the highest fish biodiversity, second only to the Amazon River. The riches of Mekong River do not provide sustenance to people along the river only, but they are also attracting many big transnational corporations to invest in large-scale development projects in exploiting the river’s bountiful resources. Discussing the significance and geopolitics of Mekong River in this episode are Premrudee Daoroung, founder and coordinator of Project SEVANA South-East Asia, and Dr. Carl Middleton, director of Center for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University.