The Ganges Basin Development Challenge (GBDC) is working in southern part of Bangladesh and in West Bengal of India. A GBDC field trip visited project sites in the southern part (Barisal, Patuakhali, Khulna, Barguna) of Bangladesh from Oct 31 to Nov 05, 2012.
With the high potential of hydroelectricity development, the Mekong Basin region faces a rapid, widespread development pressure in the decades to come. Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam are the main focus areas where more hydropower dam projects are to be built along the Mekong tributaries. Though such projects significantly contribute to regional and national economic growth, local riparian communities are the ones who bear the brunt of the environmental impacts they cause. Livelihoods of local communities heavily depend on water from rivers and other natural resources in the area a complex way but this complexity is often overlooked by the environmental and social impact assessments conducted for hydropower projects. The past projects in the region, and from around the world, give us a glimpse of the magnitude of short-term and long-term impacts on the livelihoods of riparian communities.
WorldFish is working with partners in the Mekong Region to support a new alliance of regional and local partners that will contribute towards sustainable wetlands management that benefit the poor. This project supports the Wetlands Alliance, an extensive network of organizations—government, civil and NGOs—actively engaged in developing innovative solutions to poverty alleviation.
All around the Mekong River Basin, there are indications of rapid change. Limited water resources are being stretched by the growing demand at both reservoir and catchment levels from an increasing number of different users and activities. Hydropower dams are being built on various Mekong tributaries, including those in remote areas of Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam, but the development process does not always take into consideration the full range of costs and benefits to various water users.