This photo essay was submitted by Richard Friend, Senior Staff Scientist of ISET-International.

In the Mekong Sub-Region, the relationship between water and cities has quickly become strained. These waters are a source of food, transportation and basic needs of life, but also the source of vulnerability as they become heavily polluted and refashioned due to city expansion. Through Richard’s involvement with the Mekong-BRACE and ACCCRN projects, he is here able to share with us his unique perspective of these threats and vulnerabilities.