Rising in the northern hills of Thailand, the Ping River is a vital source of water for irrigation for lowland farmers. But with mounting demands from tourists and hill-tribes, the Ping does not provide enough water in the dry season. Traditionally, clean water was easy to find and people relied on the crops and fish. Water gods and goddesses were revered and water festivals were celebrated. Water was the lifeblood of the land and its people. But whenever competition for scarce natural resources increases, traditional harmonies among communities and with nature prove fragile. The Ping River is no exception. Conflicts over water use between upstream and downstream communities intensified to the point that solutions had to be found. What can be done to head off a looming conflict over water?
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