The 16th Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) has brought thousands of delegates from over 150 countries to Bangkok to discuss cross-border cooperation, sustainable use of biodiversity and transnational endangered species issues.
A critically endangered Mekong giant catfish in the Tonle Sap River in Cambodia. The world’s biggest freshwater fish faces the threat of extinction with the planned construction of a series of dams on the Mekong River. PHOTO COURTESY OF ZEB HOGAN
The importance of these issues is not lost on people living in the countries that share the Mekong _ namely Thailand, China, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam _ grapple with similar topics as part of the ongoing debate about mainstream dams on the river.
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