Food We Eat
The Greater Mekong has been called Asia’s “fish basket” and its “rice bowl.” The Mekong River produces 4.5 million metric tons (9.9 billion pounds) of fish every year, contributing about 80% of the protein consumed in the region’s households. The freshwater system is also critical for growing rice, which provides more than half of the daily caloric intake in countries across the region.
Water We Drink
For the 60 million people who call the Greater Mekong home, and the millions more who will be joining them in the years to come, the Mekong River sustains life. From its source high on the Tibetan Plateau to its delta in Vietnam, the Mekong provides water for countless people who live along its path.
Jobs and Prosperity
What if you depended directly on nature to live? In the Greater Mekong, this isn’t a hypothetical question. There, some 85% of the population relies on forestry, agriculture or fishing for their livelihoods. In Laos, for example, more than two-thirds of the population is employed in the agricultural sector.