Latest Greater Mekong Subregion Stories

Two Species Per Day Discovered In Mekong Jungle
2011-12-12 10:51:21

The diversity of life in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, which includes portions of China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is so astonishing that a new species is found every two days, according to various media reports. Two-hundred and eight new species were discovered during the last year alone, including a multi-colored gecko and a black and white snub-nosed monkey with an “Elvis” hairdo. The region is also home to some of the world´s most...

2011-07-05 07:11:00

HONG KONG, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC or the Company), the fixed-line operating division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (SEHK: 215), has extended network reach to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and established an enhanced presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). HGC's customer base in the GMS has increased in size, while the volume of the Company's voice traffic from EMEA doubled in the first...

2010-03-30 14:21:48

Nations of the Greater Mekong Subregion need to 'rethink' their agricultural industries to meet future food needs, given the social shifts and climate changes that are forecast for the coming decades. With better farming practices, and by managing agriculture within the wider context of natural ecosystems, nations could boost production and increase the wealth and resilience of poor people in rural communities. Demand for food is forecast to double by 2050, as populations swell and people's...

2009-09-25 13:45:22

Researchers reported the discovery of 163 new species in the Greater Mekong region last year, and now they are at risk of becoming extinct due to climate change, according to conservation group WWF. World Wildlife Fund reported Friday that scientists found 100 plants, 28 fish, 18 reptiles, 14 amphibians, two mammals and one bird species in the Mekong River region of Asia last year. The new creatures include a leopard gecko with an "other world" appearance, a bird that prefers to walk rather...

2009-08-28 05:55:00

BANGKOK, Aug 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The 6th Thailand International Logistics Fair 2009, the most comprehensive logistics trade show in South East Asia, is ready to take off at BITEC in Bangkok during September 9-13, 2009. Organized by the Ministry of Commerce's Department of Export Promotion (DEP) in cooperation with Thailand National Shippers' Council (TNSC), Hazardous Substances Logistics Association (HASLA), and 14 supporting organizations, the event is set up to be a prominent platform for...

2009-06-09 08:00:00

KUNMING, China, June 9 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The 17th Kunming Import & Export Fair and The 2nd South Asian Countries Commodity Fair, which are sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, have drawn the curtain on June 6, 2009, at the Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center. Meanwhile, GMS Economy Corridor Week was also held by the Ministry of Commerce, People's Government of Yunnan Province, Asian Development Bank. Holding so many events...

2009-05-21 12:45:00

A U.N. report said Thursday that a dam-building spree in China poses the greatest threat to the future of the already beleaguered Mekong, one of the world's major rivers and a key source of water for the region, The Associated Press reported. Eight dams are being constructed on the upper half of the Mekong as it passes through high gorges of Yunnan Province. The U.N. report said the newly completed Xiowan Dam is the world's tallest at 958 feet high and has a storage capacity equal to all the...

2005-06-29 22:04:41

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fishermen in northern Thailand havecaught the biggest catfish on record -- a 646-pound (293-kg)giant the size of a grizzly bear -- and eaten it, the WWF andthe National Geographic Society said on Wednesday. The giant catfish, believed to be the largest freshwaterfish ever found, was caught along the Mekong River, home tomore species of massive fish than any river on Earth. "We've now confirmed that this catfish is the currentrecord holder, an astonishing find," Dr...

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