The River of Life: Changing Ecosystems of the Mekong Region - Yos SantasombatChiang Mai: Mekong Press, 2012, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps; Tables; References;
From the cover: “In northern Thailand, Laos, and southern China, marginal fishing communities along the Mekong River and its tributaries are seeing the adverse effect of changing ecosystems on their fish stocks, local economies, lifestyles, and cultural practices. Transnational mega-projects are causing great environmental degradation and increased vulnerability to people’s livelihoods. While depicting a stark future for less advantaged Mekong communities, this book sees reasons for hope in the communities’ capacity to respond to these changes.
Using their local knowledge to cope with evolving historical realities such as erratic fluctuation of water levels, many local communities have devised conservation measures that regulate the timing and extent of fishing. The author argues that if the value of this knowledge is recognized, and communities are included in regional and national planning, a sounder natural resource management system can be developed. The book advocates for the incorporation of bottom-up planning processes in the development of the Greater Mekong Subregion. Since communities may not be able to initiate a more inclusive approach on their own, the author supports the formation of transnational civil society alliances between local groups and regional and international organizations, seeing them as crucial to more balanced development in the subregion.”