Southeast Asia is one of the most important places on earth for nature conservation. The region supports one sixth of the world’s species of mammals and amphibians, a fifth of the world’s species of butterflies, and almost a quarter of the world’s species of birds. This is also home to around half a billion people. The IUCN Southeast Asia Group was established in 2011, to support the growth of IUCN’s work in Southeast Asian countries, particularly through multi-country/trans-boundary interventions, and to provide a platform for IUCN interaction with Regional bodies such as ASEAN.
Groundwater provides valuable services to the Mekong Delta. These include the supply of drinking water to millions and the prevention of salt water intrusion. Yet this resource is effectively invisible and consequently ignored by policy makers. The paper “Groundwater in Mekong Delta” looks at groundwater conditions and trends in the Vietnamese portion of the delta. It argues that the extensive hydrological manipulation of the delta, particularly through the construction of dykes that separate the river network from the floodplain and the unregulated extraction of groundwater has severe economic, environmental, and social impacts. … | Vietnamese
14 Jun 2011 | Article
In response to MONRE’s request for support for the World Environment Day and the International Year of Forests 2011, IUCN cooperated with MONRE’s Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) to organize a workshop on biodiversity conservation and wetlands management in Ba Be on June 4, 2011. … | Vietnamese
13 Jun 2011 | News story
Issues in integrated watershed forest and river basin management in Vietnam: what are the next steps?
On May 23-24, 2011, participants from across the Mekong countries and beyond met in Da Lat for a conference about forests, watershed management, and IWRM. The conference was organised by the Centre for Biodiversity (CBD), Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD), a Finnish-funded and IUCN-coordinated initiative, Bioforsk, a Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Vietnam River Network (VRN), a local NGO, and Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park. … | Vietnamese
13 Jun 2011 | News story
Working with IUCN, the Mekong Water Dialogues and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Denmark-based global water and environment institute (DHI) hosted a seminar in Vientiane on 25 May to present and discuss “decision support tools for water resources and river basin management”. …
26 May 2011 | Event
20 May 2011 | News story
On 10 May MWD Thailand brought together 20 women and 20 men from indigenous and ethnic groups from the upper and lower basin of the Maechan River, in northern Thailand to discuss their concerns on water and natural resource management in the Maechan sub-basin.
Experts from the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues recently participated in the International Conference on Watershed Management in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to exchange ideas and learn from lessons of watershed management around the Asia-Pacific region, and across the world. …
08 Apr 2011 | News story
The Mekong Water Dialogues in Thailand organized a combined celebration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day. On 2 April in collaboration with the Livelihoods and Landscapes and poverty reduction project, the community of Mae Salong Nok and partner organizations in the watershed area of Doi Mae Salong, near Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, conducted a special water ceremony to pay their respects to nature and also planted trees within the local forest. …
IUCN Thailand held a consultation meeting on 24 March to discuss an assessment of River Basin Organizations (RBOs). It was proposed to use the Chi River Basin as a case study to help understand the situation of RBOs, their strengths and weakness in Khon Kean, the second largest of the north-eastern provinces of Thailand.