WRI has conducted in-depth studies in a number of key river basins around the world. These basin studies have helped develop, refine, and validate the Water Risk Framework at the core of the Aqueduct global maps, and uncovered a wealth of knowledge about the unique conditions in critical river basins around the world.

The Mekong River stretches over 3,050 mi (4909 km) across Southeast Asia, providing drinking water, irrigation, transportation, and energy for over 60 million inhabitants living in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Lao PDR, and Myanmar. The river basin is subject to seasonal flooding and water quality issues including acid sulfate soils and salinity intrusion.

The Mekong River Basin Study focuses on the specific characteristics of the indicator data and calculation in the Mekong River Basin. The data used for the study were developed in consultation with local experts and are publicly available. The details of the data, sources, and methodology are provided in the Mekong River Basin Study metadata document.


Suggested Citation: Gassert, F., P. Rai, P. Reig, and M. Luck. 2012. “Mekong River Basin Study.” Working Paper. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Available here.

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