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Adaptation Options to Reduce the Vulnerability of Mekong Water Resources, Food Security and the Environment to Impacts of Development and Climate Change

By Mohammed Mainuddin, Chu Thai Hoanh, Kittipong Jirayoot, Ashley S. Halls, Mac Kirby, Guillaume Lacombe, and Vithet Srinetr | CSIRO, October 2010

The waters of the Mekong River and its tributaries, flowing through one of the world’s largest river basins, are used mainly for hydropower and irrigation but they also the life-giving waters of the amazing basin ecosystem that provides livelihoods of millions. Thus the river flow regime will be affected by climate change and by hydropower or irrigation developments in the Basin. The Basin Development Plan (BDP) Scenarios take account of development and management of water and related resources such as hydropower generation and irrigation expansion.

Read more: Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Report

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SEARCA Policy Brief 2009-7

The global food crisis, manifested by soaring rice prices and long queues of would-be buyers, has generated various forms of social unrest all over the world. In the wake of these tumultuous developments, a renewed interest in agriculture has surfaced.

As the world “rushes to rice”, the focus tends to be geared toward producing more rice in irrigated, favorable, large, and accessible farms. However, one should not forget how the unfavorable areas would cope. These include the rainfed, upland, drought-prone, flooded and submerged, saline soils, and other problematic areas. They are the topographically, ecologically, and climatically challenged rice-growing places, where rice probably should not be grown, but is.

Read more: CURE Approach amidst Rice Crisis and Changing Climate

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