The Mekong River in Southeast Asia spans six countries and supports the largest inland fishery in the world. Of the 60 million people who live in the lower Mekong Basin, 80 percent rely on the river system for food and livelihood. The largest threat to the conservation of the Mekong River system is hydropower development of the river's mainstream and tributaries. Sand mining, over-fishing, pollution and climate change also threaten the health of the Mekong River basin. The Great Rivers Partnership plans to assist partners in safeguarding the integrity, biodiversity and productivity of the basin and influence hydropower development and management in a way that optimizes its economic and environmental outcomes.
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