Mekong River Aerial Project

In 2011 Adam Oswell was commissioned by WWF to photograph the Mekong river from both aerial and ground perspectives. Currently under threat from Dam construction to feed insatiable demand for electricity, these images are being used in an effort to defend one of the last great ecosystems in Asia.

Born 50 million years ago from a powerful tectonic collision in the heart of Asia, the mighty Mekong River emerges from the vast and towering mountains surrounding the Tibetan plateau and begins its long descent through the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia. At a colossal 4,800km in length, the Mekong River runs through the Chinese province of Yunnan, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Thailand and Cambodia, before forming the ‘nine headed dragon’ in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, and dispersing into the South China Sea.

The longest river in Southeast Asia unites 320 million people across the Greater Mekong region, supporting a way of life, vital livelihoods and subsistence, agriculture and fisheries. But this great river and its mosaic of tributaries also nurtures and sustains an extraordinary level of species diversity and endemism, fostering more fish species per unit area than even the Amazon.

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