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Woman empowerment is vital for the transition from traditional lives to the modern economies and new challenges in order to deal with the changes along the Mekong river delta.

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Youth education and a stop to child labour are challenging for the traditional lives in local communities along the Mekong river

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Youth education and a stop to child labour are challenging for the traditional lives in local communities along the Mekong river (2)

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People depending on the Mekong may be included at the last minute when they're forced to resettle or to adapt to new situations where their land or waters have been taken away, or fundamentally changed.

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By changing traditional lifestyles forever, the dams could lead to growing inequality and short to mid term poverty while undermining region-wide efforts to meet national poverty alleviation goals.