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.

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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

Land preparation demonstration in Myae Ni Gone Village.

Preserving our Water Resources: Lessons from Inle Lake

Nong Haan Lake in Sakon Nakhon Province is the largest natural lake in Northeast Thailand, and is facing a set of challenges including water pollution and declining fishery resources. Recently two community leaders from Nong Haan, accompanied by representatives from Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University and IUCN Thailand, visited Inle Lake in Myanmar to draw lessons and inspiration from the way Inle communities use their water resources. …  

25 Mar 2014 | Article

A pupil from Ban Kengkok Dong Primary School talks about her World Wetlands Day illustration in Champhone district

Celebrating World Wetlands Day in Lao PDR

11 February 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR – Government representatives, teachers, students and members of local communities came together in Champassak and Savannakhet provinces. 

12 Feb 2014 | News story

Car calling public to the event

Public Hearings Thai Style

In November 2013, with funding from the Finnish government-financed Mekong Water Dialogues, IUCN lead a team from the Mekong Delta to Thailand to observe a public hearing organised by local NGOs on an expensive and controversial flood prevention plan that the Thai government has developed after the devastating floods of 2011. The US$12 billion plan proposes the construction of dams, dikes, and water diversions schemes. Very little is earmarked for “soft” approaches such as restoring floodplains to increase floodwater retention capacity, despite that fact that climate change models indicate more intense rainfall events. …   | Vietnamese

17 Jan 2014 | Article
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workshop to share experiences on Ramsar governance

Cambodia and Lao PDR share experiences on Ramsar governance

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 19 December 2013 – The governments of Lao PDR and Cambodia together with the IUCN offices in both countries have been working extensively in the conservation of their wetlands since both countries acceeded to the Ramsar Convention in 2010 and 1999 respectively. During that time, many strides have been made to discover the best practices that are applicable within both countries.  …  

23 Dec 2013 | Article
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Community drew hazard maping in Daun Sdeung village

Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment in the Boeung Chhmar Ramsar Site

November 2013, Kampong Thom, Cambodia - IUCN Cambodia, through its Mekong Water Dialogues project, conducted a Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment in order to understand the climate and non-climate change factors affecting livelihoods in local communities, natural resources, ecosystems, land use and infrastructure at the Boeung Chhmar Ramsar Site, Kampong Thom Province.
 

23 Dec 2013 | Article
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Fisherman on the Mekong

Publications of the results from the two-year surveys on biodiversity and livelihood on the Mekong river between Luang Phrabang and Vientiane in Lao PDR.

IUCN Lao PDR recently published the results of a 2 years study “Conserving Biodiversity and Sustaining Livelihood along the Mekong River in between Luang phrabang and Vientiane, Lao PDR” supported by the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Funds (CEPF). 

19 Dec 2013 | News story

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

 

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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.