Siem Riep - To protect the Mekong basin and to safeguard livelihoods, a better cooperation is needed – this is the main result of the third Mekong River Commission summit. Ms Gisela Hammerschmidt, Asia Director of the Ministry of International Development, represented the German Government at the conference, which was held from April 3rd to April 5th, 2018. The discussion centered around the recommendations of a study on the sustainable management and development of the Mekong river, in particular focusing on the impact of hydro dam projects.
Gisela Hammerschmidt: “Fish covers two thirds of Cambodians’ protein requirement. A decreasing fish stock results in an increase in under- and malnutrition. This is why we must work to ensure that dams do not endanger livelihoods. Germany stands by the Mekong River Commission in addressing this challenge.”
German development policy supports the Mekong River Commission in environmentally-friendly and poverty-reducing development of hydro power as well as in protecting poor people from the impact of climate Change.