For each country, a NWG has been established with about 10 members representing the government, private sector, civil society, donors, universities and research institutions. The NWG helps in shaping the agenda for the national dialogues and help establish connections with decision and policy-makers, ultimately to promote improved water governance in their countries, as well as in the Mekong Region. 

Roles and responsibilities of the NWGs

  • Provide technical support to the process
  • Provide information to key national policy makers by sharing the lessons learnt from the dialogue process
  • Collaborate with diverse constituents such as government, NGOs, donors, private sector etc
  • Act as an advisory body to the project at the country level
  • Steer and direct the implementation of the project activities at the country level
  • Commit time to the project and participate in the meetings
  • Assist in policy development
  • Assist in the implementation of research studies

The Regional NWG Meeting

  • 2008 -  Pattaya, Thailand
  • 2009 -  HCMC, Viet Nam
  • 2010 -  Kunming, China
  • 2011 -  Pang-nga, Thailand   
  • 2012 -  Chiang Rai, Thailand
  • 2013 -  TBC

NWG in Cambodia

  • A one-day National Multi-Stakeholders Meeting was held in Siem Reap to present key findings and recommendations of the Situation Analysis study on water governance in Cambodia and prioritize two key issues for national dialogues.
  • Another key project for Cambodia is the Tonle Sap Basin Review whose purpose is to facilitate discussion about project management in the Tonle Sap. A multi-stakeholder dialogue on project management in the Tonle Sap basin was organised in  January/February 2010.
  • Related to the Tonle Sap Basin Review is the Fishing and Natural Resource Community Dialogue. IUCN was facilitating a dialogue with a sample number of villages across the Tonle Sap provinces to enable fishing and natural resource community to come together to share and discuss their challenges and experiences.
  • The MWD programme reviewed the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority (PPWSA).

NWG in Lao PDR

  • Lao PDR increased its total NWG members from 10 to 15. Members include representatives from government; private sector; community groups and the field of academics and research.
  • A National Water Stakeholder Workshop organized in Champasack Province in January 2009.Two key issues were identified in the workshop - community based irrigation and environment issues for hydro-power development.
  • MWD succesfully supported the wetlands identification and Ramsar Convention ratification process of Lao PDR. 
  • Community based irrigation management study initiated.
  • Topics discussed for National Dialogues was organized in January 2010 include issues related to irrigation, wetlands and river basin organizations.
  • The Lao version of MWD series -Siphandone: The Mekong Under Threat ( book + DVD) was published. 

 NWG in Thailand

  • During the first half of 2011 NWG members have helped guide the MWD process through three informal meetings with a sub-group of the NWG. MWD Thailand has worked to maintain regular communication between NWG members to exchange information and the issue of interest about the Xayaburi Dam, In Lao PDR, including assessment and sharing knowledge in the River Basin Organization experience.
  • In March 2011, two NWG members participated in the Regional Training on Ramsar governance at National and Local levels, in Vientiane, and joined the study trip on wetland management in northeast Thailand, and another two NWG members were participated in the international conference on watershed management held in Chiangmai, Thailand.
  • In June 2011, three NWG members joined the learning forum on RBM and supported in organizing the field visit to one of the Chi River sub-basin in Khon Kaen for the regional MWD team meeting.
  • In collaboration with ONEP, exhibition and presentation on river management experience has been conducted at the world wetland day conference on 2 February 2011. The theme for wetland day this year was “forest for water and wetlands” which was relevant to the MWD intervention. The presentation emphasized on watershed rehabilitation and wetlands management i.e. Mae Chan river basin in the north, Chi, Moon, and Songkhram in northeast and the ridge to reef approach in the Andaman coast.
  • At the National Biodiversity day workshop in Bangkok on 23 May 2011, NWG members were invited to share lesson learned on watershed rehabilitation involving upper, middle and lower reach of Mekong Basin in Northern Thailand and restoration of wetlands and forest landscape in the Chi River Basin.

NWG in Viet Nam

  • The IUCN-Can Tho University Mekong wetlands governance workshop was organized in September 2009. The outcome of the workshop was to understand wetlands and environmental history.
  • A research on Bac Duong craft village has been undertaken between September and December 2009. Craft village is one of typical features of Viet Nam rural areas that make use of redundant labors during seasonal free time, creating jobs, increasing income for residents. Production activities of craft villages have negative effects on surrounding environment, natural resources and affect people’s health.
  • IUCN was represented in the ITB-Viet Nam Rivers Network Living Rivers workshop which was organized in October 2009.