Mekong Water Dialogues

The Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) is coordinated and facilitated by IUCN and supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. It was initiated to work with countries of the Mekong Region - Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam - to improve water governance by facilitating transparent and inclusive decision-making to improve livelihood security, human and ecosystem health.

LATEST NEWS


IUCN Lao BKN Biodiversity Survey

Survey calls for stronger enforcement of wildlife laws in Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site

The Beung Kiat Ngong wetland in Champasak province, Lao PDR, was designated as a Ramsar site in 2010 because it provides feeding and spawning grounds for many species of fish and birds. The wetland is one of the few areas in Lao PDR that contains peatlands and supports traditional elephant rearing. It also has significant cultural value for local communities because of its proximity to Phou Asa, an important sacred mountain. …  

26 Mar 2015 | Downloads - publication

IUCN Lao BKN CC VA

Climate change vulnerability assessment for Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site, Lao PDR

The Lower Mekong Basin covers an area of 606,000 km2 and has a population of more than 60 million people in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. The region supports the livelihood of many who rely on its natural resources.  

12 Feb 2015 | Downloads - publication

Participants from Beung Kiat Ngong and Xe Champhone Ramsar sites discuss ways to improve tourism and rice cultivation.

Communities from Southern Lao PDR share experiences on Ramsar site management

Community members from Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar site in Champasak province recently participated in a study tour in Xe Champhone Ramsar site in Savannakhet province. Held from 10-12 December 2014, the objective of the study tour, which is one of the closing activities of the four-year long Mekong Water Dialogues projects, was for communities to share experiences on Ramsar governance and promote the Ramsar Convention principle on the wise use of wetlands.  

28 Dec 2014 | News story

12A-024-043 Siamese crocodile in soft release pen Ta Chhay Jan 2014 - Jeremy Holden, SOS- Save Our Species

Twenty young Siamese crocs get a head start in life

According to SOS grantee Jackson Frechette, the recent release into the wild of twenty juvenile Critically Endangered Siamese Crocodiles (Crocodylus siamensis) represents a significant step forward for the species in Cambodia.
 

25 Nov 2014 | News story

Mrs. Leun, Spirit master of Ban Kengkok village lighting a chilli cigar, which she will use to call forth spirits.

IUCN Releases New Documentary “Sacred Natural sites in the Xe Champhone Ramsar site, Lao PDR: The spirit of conservation.”

IUCN’s research into rights-based approaches (RBAs) to reduce poverty and benefit conservation has been focused on the development of tools to better inform conservation strategies. In order to gain further experience on RBAs, IUCN Lao PDR with support from the IUCN Environmental Law Centre focused on undertaking a situation analysis – in the Xe Champhone Ramsar Site in central Lao PDR, Savannakhet province. It examined the under-researched issue of customary law governing natural resources, including the relationship of customary law and statutory law. 

31 Oct 2014 | News story

Mekong film screening at Sasin, Bangkok

Hydro-power or Climbing up the Mekong

With 148 dams planned on the Mekong River and its tributaries, environmental and social impacts seem to be inevitable. Yet, not all dams have equal impacts and there is a need to optimise benefits and minimise costs for all countries involved. This has been the message of the panelists at the Mekong film screening at Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. …  

15 Oct 2014 | Article

Mekong film screening and panel discussion

Mekong film screening and panel discussion

How can two seemingly opposite demands - sustainable development of a region and the rising demands for energy and economic growth - be met?
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29 Sep 2014 | Event

IUCN Lao PDR Country Programme Office

Opening ceremony for IUCN Lao new programme office sets agenda

Vientiane, Lao PDR: The new country programme office for IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, was unveiled in a ceremony on 9 September 2014 at the IUCN office in Ban Sibounheuang. The event served to celebrate the achievements of IUCN’s 22-year presence in Lao PDR, to promote IUCN’s current projects and partnerships.and to outline the future for the IUCN country programme. 

10 Sep 2014 | News story

Flood in Thailand, 2008

Finding balance benefits society, nature

Water management specialists talk about millions of cubic metres of water. I find it incredibly difficult to visualise these numbers in a way that feels "real" to me. So I started imagining a simple picture — a swimming pool. …  

24 Jul 2014 | News story

Participants at the workshop

BRIDGE workshop organized to help strengthen capacity for cooperative water governance in the Lower Mekong Region

IUCN BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance) organized a two-day regional training course on Water Governance in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The training course introduced participants to globally recognised water resource sharing and negotiation tools, and the legal principles and mechanisms that contribute to cooperative water governance in shared basins.  …  

01 Jul 2014 | Article

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MWD overview by Dr Robert Mather, MWD Project Manager & Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group

 

Mekong film trailer

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  • The Lower Mekong River Basin countries and the Mekong river
What are Dialogues?

Dialogues are a series of facilitated discussions that allow participants to share their perspectives and experiences to promote and build a deeper understanding of contentious issues. Dialogues can assist various sectors of society to reflect on previous work, assess future options and openly negotiate workable strategies, agreements and build relationships.