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


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

With an estimated commercial value exceeding US$2 billion per year, the Mekong is the world’s most valuable inland fishery

Viet Nam ratified 1997 UN Watercourses Convention

In February 2013, Jake Brunner and Robert Mather published an opinion piece in the Bangkok Post entitled “After Xayaburi, It's time for some hydrodiplomacy". Amongst other issue this identified gaps in the existing legal instruments and policy mechanisms available to Mekong countries in effectively and equitably addressing issues of trans-boundary resource management in general and in particularly in the case of the Mekong River itself. …  

30 Jun 2014 | Article

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Deadline Extended for Registration: International conference on large-scale ecosystem restoration and sustainable development

On May 29-30th, 2014, world decision-makers, scientists, practitioners and advocates will meet in Washington, DC, to discuss the potential of large-scale ecosystem restoration to further global development goals and sustainable livelihoods. The deadline for registration has been extended - register now!   …  

15 May 2014 | Event

Petch Manopawitr, Deputy, Southeast Asia Group, IUCN

New staff: Petch Manopawitr, Deputy, Southeast Asia Group

IUCN welcomes Mr. Petch Manopawitr to join as the Deputy, Southeast Asia Group (Thailand, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines) with effect from 01 April 2014. Mr. Manopawitr will be based at the IUCN, Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand. …  

06 May 2014 | Article

Sekong River, Lao PDR

Water and energy challenges: Diverse perspectives for a way forward

4 April 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR – Different sectors  can  work together to create policy that seeks to effectively conserve our natural resources, while simultaneously addressing the demands of a growing population in a rapidly developing country.  

04 Apr 2014 | News story

Indo-Burma Biodiversity hotspot

CEPF ready to roll out grants in the Indo-Burma region

Following the announcement of the second phase of CEPF support of Indo-Burma biodiversity hot-spot and review of proposals, new grants are now in process to be awarded.  …  

27 Mar 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.