Mo Koh Similan National Park, Thailand
The Mekong river at the border tripoint of Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos

Hydro-diplomacy: Bridging the gap between science, policy and action

How we use and share water is a complex issue. It involves diverse groups of people such as farmers and fishermen, energy suppliers and developers, all who are competing for a limited and precious resource. Water use issues typically cross natural, social and political boundaries and can be local, national, regional and global in nature. …  

01 Nov 2012 | News story

The river Mekong

Hydro-diplomacy: An invaluable concept for sharing water across borders

IUCN is taking the lead in organising the conference: ‘Hydro-diplomacy: A Tool for Sharing Water Across Borders’. This conference will take place on 31 October in Chiang Rai, Thailand, where talks will be held and solutions shared on managing water across boundaries. More than 120 diplomats, political scientists, economists, and water resources professionals from more than 25 countries will discuss complexities and ways forward in hydro-diplomacy, in particular in trans-boundary river basins. The outcome of the conference will be a monograph on hydro-diplomacy.  

10 Oct 2012 | Media advisory

Brotia armata, a species  from central Thailand

Freshwater species in Indo-Burma region under threat

An assessment of 2,515 described freshwater species in the Indo-Burma region by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and partners has revealed that 13% of these species are threatened with extinction. The report comes at a time when large scale hydrological development is underway, or is proposed, throughout this region which is known for its exceptionally high diversity of freshwater species. …  

22 Aug 2012 | Media advisory

The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Indo-Burma (report cover)

IUCN Press Briefing and Report Launch

 - 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress Press Briefing
- Launch of The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Indo-Burma Report
- First Freshwater Biodiversity Surveys between Luang Prabang and Vientiane
 

15 Aug 2012 | Article
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Thai flood 2011

The flood controller

Thailand's science and technology minister bears the burden of a $45-billion dollar challenge to keep the Kingdom’s economic hub afloat this rainy season. …  

15 Aug 2012 | Article
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Friends of the Lower Mekong Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh, 12 July 2012.

MWD considers local and international communities' concerns over Xayaburi dam

Today, nobody can deny the contribution of the Mekong River to the livelihoods of more than 60 million people and the abundance of natural resources of its basin. …  

01 Aug 2012 | Article
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MWD Team Meeting in Inlay Lake, Myanmar, 18-22 June 2012

MWD team reviewed the work progress in 2012

In June, MWD Team got together in Inlay Lake, Myanmar, to review MWD project implementation during the first half of 2012 and agree on the plan of activities for the rest of the year. From January to June 2012, several MWD activities were undertaken in Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam.  

31 Jul 2012 | Article
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Fish sold at the Inlay market, Myanmar

MWD Team exchanged experience with Myanmar counterpart

Although Myanmar is not part of MWD, the door to collaboration is open. By Inlay lake in June, MWD Team sat together with Myanmar environmental conservation organization and government agencies to learn more about natural resources management in Myanmar, as well as to share information and work experiences with Myanmar counterpart. …  

31 Jul 2012 | Article
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MWD Thailand Working Group Meeting in Chiang Khan, Loei, Thailand, June 2012

MWD Thai National Working Group Met in Chiang Khan

On 25-26 June 2012, members of MWD Thai National Working Group (TNWG) gathered in Chiang Khan, Loei Province in northeastern Thailand. The meeting was co-hosted by Chiang Khan Municipality, local NGOs and researchers were invited to join the discussion and share information. …  

30 Jul 2012 | Article
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Danny on boat

The Big Picture and the Sustainable Development Foundation

Sitting on the prow of a Thai longboat the color of fire and just as hot because of the unsympathetic April sun, I gazed into the abundant mangrove trees, my eyes unfocused, seeing my surroundings more fully. With the red hawks soaring on thermals, fish bouncing along the river surface like skipped rocks, local fishermen hydroplaning by in rainbow mini-boats, and the hypnotizing mangroves with roots like perfectly frayed rope, I can see more if I do not look specifically at any one part of the scene, but let my perception expand to acknowledge the scene as a whole. …  

29 Jul 2012 | Article
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  • Case study: IUCN's Ecosystem-based Approach: Mae Chan Watershed in Northern Thailand (2012)

    Case study: IUCN's Ecosystem-based Approach: Mae Chan Watershed in Northern Thailand (2012)

    Photo: IUCN/MWD

  • 6 Steps of Tai Baan Research

    6 Steps of Tai Baan Research

    Photo: IUCN-Mekong Water Dialogues

  • Lessons learned of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) in Thailand

    Lessons learned of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) in Thailand

    Photo: (c) MFF Thailand/ Sayan CHEUNUDOMSAVAD