Sixteen Chinese scientists will start a 20-day exploratory mission of the Mekong River this week, aiming to learn about the state
of the river’s current ecosystem, how it evolved, and the extent of its environmental impacts. According to a Xinhua report the
team includes experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources
Research, the Institute of Hydrobiology, and Kunming Institute of Botany. The team’s tour will start from Xishuangbanna in
Yunnan province and gradually move downstream.