A Tributary of the Upper Mekong River in Laos
takes us to many of the world's great rivers. One of these is the Mekong River, which I recently descended with my wife, Kathie. The Mekong is the heart and soul of Southeast Asia and more than 70 million people depend upon it for food, water, and transport. Yet it also faces an array of threats and may well epitomize the vulnerability of our planet's major waterways. As an example, more than 100 dams have been proposed throughout the Mekong basin over the past decade and an array of other developments are underway as local governments look to the river as the foundation for economic growth and development." Mark Angelo
For the past four decades river conservationist Mark Angelo has traveled on hundreds of the world's waterways, including the storied Nile, Mekong, Amazon, and Yangtze. Many of his travels and experiences are highlighted in his new Riverworld
presentation that premiered in Vancouver on September 25, and which will be held in other North American cities in coming months.
Celebrating the International Year of Fresh Water, Riverworld
focuses on river travel, the threats confronting rivers, and the plight of many river-based indigenous people and cultures throughout the world.
Angelo is the head of the Fish, Wildlife, Recreation Department at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and is an Order of Canada recipient for his river conservation efforts.
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