About the Mekong subregion
The Mekong River or ‘Mother of Rivers’ flows a distance of 2,983 miles from the Tibetan Plateau into southern China’s province of Yunnan, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. These countries make up what is referred to as the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).
Tearfund is focusing on an area within the GMS, where the borders of China, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet – referred to here as the Mekong subregion.
Following decades of armed conflicts, relative peace in recent years has fostered economic liberalisation. Governments in the region have cooperated more, helping to build infrastructure, such as roads, in the area.
Each of the provinces in the countries mentioned above has their own distinctive social, political and economic profile. However, shifting economic demands on shared resources like rivers and forests are altering delicate ecological balances, often to the detriment of marginalised communities in these regions.