Mekong Basin

The Mekong River is one of the world’s great river systems, flowing 4,909 km through six countries: China, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Viet Nam. The source of the river’s great productivity is its seasonal variation in water level and the range of wetland habitats inundated. The Mekong River Basin’s biodiversity is immense, even in comparison with other parts of tropical Asia. Its biodiversity is fundamental to the viability of natural resource-based rural livelihoods of a population of 60 million people living in the Lower Mekong Basin.

To learn more about the Mekong River Basin, visit the sections listed below:

PhysiographyThe Mekong River Basin consists of seven broad physiographic regions featuring diverse topography, drainage patterns, and geomorphology. Learn about the form of the Mekong River channels and how they connect. more>>

ClimateThe Mekong River Basin ranges from the glaciated highlands of the Tibetan Plateau to the hot and humid lowlands of Southeast Asia and encompasses 16 distinct WWF Ecoregions. more >>

Hydrology: The source of the Mekong’s great productivity is its seasonal variation in water level, resulting in rich and extensive wetlands. The annual flood season is especially important in the Lower Mekong Basin where it has shaped the environment and life in the region. more >>

Natural Resources: The Mekong River Basin contains a wealth of natural resources, including one of the world’s largest inland fisheries. more>>

Stories from the Mekong - These regularly updated stories provide a voice to people in the Mekong Basin and can help to bring both contemporary and traditional issues to life. more>>

Latest News

Typhoon Doksuri Raises Water Level in the Mekong

In 2001, ministerial delegates of the Mekong River Commission Council adopted a set of procedural rules on multilateral data sharing among the four Mekong riparian countries ...

Lessons from Bilateral Water Cooperation Shared with Stakeholders in Thailand

Frequent dialogue to understand each other, attention to different needs of the concerned countries, and strong commitment to joint actions are some of the main lessons learnt from bilateral projects of water cooperation among the four Mekong countries of

Joint Press Release: Mekong+ Forum Explores New Frontiers in Sustainable Hydropower Development

On 4-5 September, stakeholders of hydropower-interest groups gathered in the Norwegian Capital at a Forum themed ...