Mekong River

© Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon Habitat restoration activities in the Tram Chim National Park have contributed to the return of iconic Sarus cranes.

© Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon
Habitat restoration activities in the Tram Chim National Park have contributed to the return of iconic Sarus cranes.

The Challenges

Compared to many great rivers, much of the Mekong River is relatively unspoiled. However, the river and its delta are under increasing pressure from hydropower dams, mining and unsustainable agricultural. Watersheds like the Chi River in Thailand, a major tributary to the Mekong River, suffer from seasonal drought, agricultural intensification and pollution. Tram Chim National Park in Vietnam has experienced habitat degradation, conflicts with local populations over resource access, and outdated management practices.