A new atlas showing the environmental assets, cultural diversity and conservation
problems of the Greater Mekong sub-region was launched in Phnom Penh and around the
world on April 19.
Produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Environmental
Programme, the glossy 216-page book gives an overview of the state of the region's
forest, water, animal and human resources, urging countries to work together to solve
Philippe Benedic, the ADB's senior advisor to the Mekong Department, said Cambodia's
Tonle Sap inland lake provided a vital food source and the Cardomom Mountains were
an important area for biodiversity.
With around 250 million people living in the region, Benedic said environmental and
poverty issues were closely linked, predicting that the effects of increasing agricultural
yields and water usage could have a big impact on economic growth.
Covering Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the Yunan province of China,
the English-language atlas costs $40 for a softcover copy but will be distributed
free to key government departments and donor partners.
Hardcopy and CD ROM versions will also be available and anyone interested should
contact the ADB.