19 Nov '11, 3am

WWF Meets with Dalai Lama to Discuss Protection of the Mekong @World_Wildlife

WWF Meets with Dalai Lama to Discuss Protection of the Mekong @World_Wildlife

In an October 2011 meeting with scientists and Tibetan Buddhist scholars, known as the Mind and Life Conference, WWF’s Dekila Chungyalpa presented to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the strategies utilized by WWF toward sustainable dam development in the Mekong River basin. The Mekong River, which runs from China to Vietnam: Provides a home to more than 1,300 species of fish , including the Mekong giant catfish (the largest freshwater fish in the world) Produces 25 percent of the world’s freshwater catch Serves as the main source of protein – in the form of fish – for more than 70 million people living in the river basin Currently, 11 dams are proposed for the portion of the river that runs through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The dams would be an obstruction to migrating fish , including the iconic Mekong giant catfish. They would reduce sediment flowing downstream to the Me...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2011/WWFPres...

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