Workshop on wetlands governance in Asia: Report published

22 January 2014 | Article

IUCN published a report on the “Wetlands Governance Workshop” as a result of the workshop held in Pakse in Lao PDR from 21 to 23 August 2013. 

The main objectives of the workshop were to further the participants’ understanding of government mechanisms and institutional arrangements that help in science-based management and the sustainable use of wetlands for the benefit of humankind and biodiversity, in a regional transboundary context.

The workshop was organised under the IUCN-coordinated and facilitated Mekong Water Dialogues project, a regional initiative supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, and under the Ecosystems for Life initiative between India and Bangladesh. This workshop received financial support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Ramsar Convention Secretariat through the Ramsar Small Grant Funds Programme.

Human well-being depends on the many benefits provided by ecosystems, some of which come from healthy wetlands. There is an urgent need to improve water governance. Instead of being demand-driven as this promotes over-allocation of water, water governance should treat wetlands as our “natural water infrastructure”: integral to water resource management at the scale of river basins.

The workshop was held in recognition of the key role of wetlands in supporting human populations and biodiversity as well as the need to maintain resilience and productivity of wetlands through conservation. The findings of the workshop have been published in the accompanying report, which will be shared with the stakeholders.

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For more information contact:

Dararat Weerapong
Senior Communications Officer - BCR and MWD, IUCN Asia
Dararat.weerapong@iucn.org 

Raphael Glemet
Water and Wetlands Coordinator, IUCN Lao PDR
Raphael.glemet@iucn.org