eLibrary: The Mekong. Version 1.0 (October 2021)
The purpose of this eLibrary is to introduce scientific research and debate on a range of themes on the relationship between climate change, infrastructure and biodiversity along one of the world’s ecologically richest river systems – the Mekong. The list is not intended to be exhaustive. For readers new to the field, we recommend reading the Abstract and Conclusion first, before deciding whether to invest further in a specific piece. All the pieces are free-online. However, some items have been republished in Academia Edu [AE] and Research Gate [RG]. These can be accessed simply by registering at each (once only). Please see also our eLibrary on Dams.
Asian Development Bank (2015) Investing in Natural Capital for a Sustainable Future in the Greater Mekong Subregion
Anbumozhi, V. e.a. (2020) ‘Environmental and Sustainability Challenges in the Mekong Subregion’ in K. Fukunari (ed.), Subregional Development Strategy in ASEAN after COVID-19: Inclusiveness and Sustainability in the Mekong Subregion
Baran, E. (2018) Mekong Fisheries and Mainstream Dams. Fisheries sections of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of hydropower on the Mekong mainstream
Bellemain, E., e.a. (2016) ‘Trails of river monsters: Detecting critically endangered Mekong giant catfish Pangasianodon gigas using environmental DNA’, Global Ecology and Conservation
Campbell, I. and Barlow, C. (2020) ‘Hydropower Development and the Loss of Fisheries in the Mekong River Basin’ Frontiers in Environmental Sceinces
Chae, R., Grenouillet, G. and Lek, S. (2016) ‘Evidence of Water Quality Degradation in Lower Mekong Basin Revealed by Self-Organizing Map’ PLOS 1, 11, 1 [RG]
Fancourt, M., Walker, S. and Sassen, M. (2015) Commodities and Biodiversity in the Greater Mekong Impacts of Commodity Development on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Greater Mekong and its Headwaters, MacArthur Foundation
Ha, H.T. and Seth, F.N. (2021) ‘The Mekong River Ecosystem in Crisis: ASEAN Cannot be a Bystander’ ISEAS Perspectives, 69
Haberstroh, C.J., e.a. (2021) ‘Plastic transport in a complex confluence of the Mekong River in Cambodia’, Environmental Research Letters, 16.
Heng, S., e.a. (2021) ‘The Cambodian Mekong floodplain under the future development plans and climate change’ Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Preprint
Krittasudthacheewa, C., e.a. (eds) (2019) Development and Climate Change in the Mekong Region. Case Studies
Krützen, M., e.a. (2018) ‘Demographic collapse and low genetic diversity of the Irrawaddy dolphin population inhabiting the Mekong River’, PLOS One
Ledecq, T. (2018) Pulse of the Forest the State of the Greater Mekong’s Forests and the Everyday People Working to Protect Them, WWF
Li, X., e.a. ‘Freshwater fish diversity in the upper and middle reaches of the Lancang-Mekong River’, BioDiversity Science, 27, 10, 1090-1100
Linh, H.T.P., e.a. (2021) Inequalities And Environmental Changes In The Mekong Region: A Systematic Mapping, AFD Research Paper, 206.
Lohani, S., e.a. (2020) ‘Rapidly Accelerating Deforestation in Cambodia’s Mekong River Basin: A Comparative Analysis of Spatial Patterns and Drivers’, Water, 12
Lovgren, S. (2020) ‘Southeast Asia’s most critical river is entering uncharted waters’, National Geographic, 31.1.2020
Lu, X.X. and Chua, S.D.X. (2021) ‘River Discharge and Water Level Changes in the Mekong River: Droughts in an Era of Mega-Dams’, Hydrological Processes, 35, 7.
Máiz-Tomé, L. (2019) Freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas in the Lower Mekong River Basin, IUNC
2013 Mekong Delta Plan. Long-term vision and strategy for a safe, prosperous and sustainable delta
Mekong River Commission (2015) Catch and Culture, Vol 21, No 3. Special edition on commercial value of fisheries on the Mekong
Menghoin, H. (2018) Coping with Changes in access to biodiversity and natural resources along the Mekong mainstream and tributaries. Water Knowledge, 5
Montaña, C.G., e.a. (2020) ‘Functional and trophic diversity of fishes in the Mekong-3S river system: comparison of morphological and isotopic patterns’, Environmental Biology of Fishes, 103, 185–200
Nuwer, R. and Bell, D. (2014) ‘Identifying and quantifying the threats to biodiversity in the U Minh peat swamp forests of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’, Oryx , 48, 1, 88 – 94.
Phadphon, P., e.a. (2019) ‘Genetic Diversity of the Endangered Mekong Giant Catfish, Striped Catfish, and Their Hybrids from Thailand’, Tropical Conservation Science
Piman, T. and Shrestha, M. (2017) Case study on sediment in the Mekong River Basin: Current state and future trends, Stockholm Environment Institute, Project Report 2017-03
Rakthai, S. (2018) ‘Willingness to pay for biological diversity conservation of the Lower Mekong River Basin in Thailand: A contingent valuation study’, Songklanakarin Journal for Science and Technology 40, 3, 570-576,
Soukhaphon, A., Baird, I.G. and Hogan, Z. (2021) ‘The Impacts of Hydropower Dams in the Mekong River Basin: A Review’, Water, 13, 13 [RG]
Sor, R. e.a. (2021) ‘Water Quality Degradation in the Lower Mekong Basin’ Water, 13
Sukumasavin, N. (2018) The Study on Sustainable Management and Development of the Mekong River, including Impacts by Mainstream Hydropower Projects (Council Study), MRC
Taberth, J. and Reytar, K. (2014) Climate Change in the Lower Mekong Basin An Analysis of Economic Values at Risk, USAID
Tuong, V., e.a. (2021) ‘Extreme Droughts Change in the Mekong River Basin: A Multidisciplinary Analysis Based on Satellite Data’, Water, 13.
WWF (2013) Ecosystems in the Greater Mekong Past trends, current status, possible futures
Yun, G., Williams, S. and Wenbin, D. (2017) ‘Water Management of the Mekong River’, Water Conservation and Management, 1, 2, 10-12 [RG]
Zhang, C., e.a. (2021) ‘Understanding patterns of taxonomic diversity, functional diversity, and ecological drivers of fish fauna in the Mekong River’, Global Ecology and Conservation, 28
Ziv, G., e.a. (2012) ‘Trading-off fish biodiversity, food security, and hydropower in the Mekong River Basin’, PNAS, 109, 15