A selection of 30 winning photographs submitted to the Mekong River Commission as a part of their first photo contest are now online, depicting scenes from the mighty river and the communities that depend on it.
The MRC is an international research body that periodically reports on the condition of the Mekong River and its dependent ecosystems, providing data on pollution, fisheries, droughts, floods, agriculture and socio-economic indicators.
Read more: Cambodia's fisheries at risk, MRC warns
The contest was “organised to celebrate the diversity of the Mekong river and raise awareness of the importance of transboundary water cooperation among the lower Mekong countries,” the MRC said. Those countries are Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and China.
Below is a selection of the winners.
Fishermen across the lower Mekong basin, such as in Cambodia, face declining fish catches due to over-fishing and climate change.
Dam construction on the Mekong and its tributaries further threatens to wipe out the freshwater fisheries by as much as 70 percent in coming decades.
Subsistence fishermen, especially from minority populations are more than often marginalised from making policies to sustainable manage the Mekong river.
Effects on fishing and agriculture due to changes in flow and flood patterns due to dam construction and climate change are felt strongly by populations living downstream.
Flooded forests are defining feature of the lower Mekong river in Cambodia as well as the Tonle Sap Lake, which is subjected to its annual flood pulse. The forests are structural habitats for wildlife, including fish, which provide income and nourishment to millions.
Read more: A wetland laid to waste.
To see all the winners click here.