Advances in Global Change Research

Environmental Change and Agricultural Sustainability in the Mekong Delta

Editors: Stewart, Mart A., Coclanis, Peter A. (Eds.)

  • Includes essays by specialists in economics, history, and environmental studies
  •  Includes very detailed, empirical  case studies
  •  Interdisciplinary and international
  •  Includes a large number of scholars from the Mekong Delta itself, with close, lifelong knowledge of the region 
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The Mekong Delta of Vietnam is one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world.  The Mekong River fans out over an area of about 40,000 sq kilometers and over the course of many millennia has produced a region of fertile alluvial soils and constant flows of energy.  Today about a fourth of the Delta is under rice cultivation, making this area one of the premier rice granaries in the world. 

The Delta has always proven a difficult environment to manipulate, however, and because of population pressures, increasing acidification of soils, and changes in the Mekong’s flow, environmental problems have intensified.   The changing way in which the region has been linked to larger flows of commodities and capital over time has also had an impact on the region: For example, its re-emergence in recent decades as a major rice-exporting area has linked it inextricably to global markets and their vicissitudes.  And most recently, the potential for sea level increases because of global warming has added a new threat.  Because most of the region is on average only a few meters above sea level and because any increase of sea level will change the complex relationship between tides and down-river water flow, the Mekong Delta is one of the areas in the world most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 

How governmental policy and resident populations have in the past and will in coming decades adapt to climate change as well as several other emerging or ongoing environmental and economic problems is the focus of this collection.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Stewart, Mart A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Think Global, Act Global in the Mekong Delta? Environmental Change, Civil Society, and NGOs

    Fabres, Boris

    Pages 7-34

  • Fixing the Delta: History and the Politics of Hydraulic Infrastructure Development and Conservation in the Mekong Delta

    Biggs, David

    Pages 35-44

  • Outline of the Process of Red River Hydraulics Development During the Nguyễn Dynasty (Nineteenth Century)

    Tessier, Olivier

    Pages 45-68

  • “A Kind of Mylai … Against the Indochinese Countryside”: American Scientists, Herbicides, and South Vietnamese Mangrove Forests

    Hay, Amy M.

    Pages 69-81

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eBook $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-0934-8
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3611-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Environmental Change and Agricultural Sustainability in the Mekong Delta
Editors
  • Mart A. Stewart
  • Peter A. Coclanis
Series Title
Advances in Global Change Research
Series Volume
45
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0934-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0934-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0933-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3611-5
Series ISSN
1574-0919
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 456
Topics