The Mekong, Southeast Asia’s most important river, has for millennia supported the rise and fall of empires and is responsible for the livelihood of over 65 million people who live directly on its riverbanks, relying on the river for food, accommodation and employment.
Why are rivers important to Southeast Asia?
The rich river soil and water sustain agriculture and fishery. More than 10 million hectares of cultivated land is used for growing rice, the main staple for most Southeast Asians.
What is wrong with the Mekong River?
Population growth, poor land-use planning and economic policies that encourage the unsustainable use of natural resources are among the factors increasing deforestation and biodiversity loss across the Greater Mekong region.
What is biggest river in the world?
- Nile: 4,132 miles.
- Amazon: 4,000 miles.
- Yangtze: 3,915 miles.