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.


Brainstorming in needs and objectives

Learning from the Thai experience of river basin management

Jointly with the Chi River Basin Committee, MWD Thailand has now commenced an assessment of the Thai River Basin Organisations (RBO).  Based on the Chi River Basin, northeastern Thailand, the assessment will be conducted from September – November 2011 and will foster an understanding of RBO strengths and weaknesses. 

25 Sep 2011 | News story

Launch of the Pa Khoun Conservation Initiative in Vientiane

United States Embassy supports Pa Khoun (Cat Fish) conservation in Vientiane Province, Lao PDR

Each July, Pa Khoun (Wallago Leeri*), an endangered cat fish species, migrates to Hom District, Vientiane Province for breeding and spawning. The Nam Khui and Nam Saan rivers meet in Hom and this spot is the only known area for Pa Khoun breeding and spawning. Each year around this time, the rivers become packed with fishing boats as both local villagers and outsiders try to catch as many Pa Khoun as possible while they are plentiful in the area.  …  

19 Sep 2011 | Event
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Senate meet Thai National Working Group

National government endorses MWD work in Thailand

On 2 September, the National Working Group (NWG) for MWD Thailand met to discuss the project’s progress. Senator Surajit Chirawate,from the Thai Senate Standing Committee on Natural Resources and Environment (Sub-Committee on Water Resources), joined the NWG meeting as a chief guest.  

02 Sep 2011 | News story
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A participant presenting group discussion results

NGO engagement in revision of law on water resources

Approved in 1998, the Law on Water Resources is out of date and needs revising, particularly given growing competition over increasingly scarce water resources. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) is taking the lead on revising the law and a draft version is now available for public consultation. …   | Vietnamese

31 Aug 2011 | News story

Bagmati River at Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

Strengthening environmental flows in South Asia

Environmental Flows means ensuring sufficient water is available for all sectors, including the environment. How to achieve this was the focus of a two-day training workshop organised by IUCN in Kathmandu, Nepal from 5-6 August 2011. …  

08 Aug 2011 | News story

Nam Xong River at Vang Vieng, Lao PDR

Clean Up Day promotes sustainable water resource management along the Nam Xong River

Taking place in Vangvieng on 20 May 2011, the Nam Xong Clean Up Day brought together more than 400 people to learn about water resources management and to collect garbage and waste from along the river. 

01 Jul 2011 | News story
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Field officer collects samples

Working with our partners - Sepon mine considers biodiversity offset plan

A partner organisation to the Mekong Water Dialogues is implementing an offset plan that has the potential to maintain levels of biodiversity around the mine where they operate. …  

01 Jul 2011 | News story

The Chi River's farmers have succeeded in developing a community cooperative to grow and sell organic vegetables through major supermarkets across the country.

River basin management supports prospering livelihood strategy

 On 13 June members of the Chi River Basin Organisation committee gathered to discuss national integrated water resource management and river basin management in northeast Thailand. The aim was to consolidate information for use in influencing water policy and improve water governance in Thailand.  

15 Jun 2011 | News story
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Local people using water tap to wash clothes

Groundwater in the Mekong Delta

Groundwater provides valuable services to the Mekong Delta. These include the supply of drinking water to millions and the prevention of salt water intrusion. Yet this resource is effectively invisible and consequently ignored by policy makers. The paper “Groundwater in Mekong Delta” looks at groundwater conditions and trends in the Vietnamese portion of the delta. It argues that the extensive hydrological manipulation of the delta, particularly through the construction of dykes that separate the river network from the floodplain and the unregulated extraction of groundwater has severe economic, environmental, and social impacts. …   | Vietnamese

14 Jun 2011 | Article

Mr. Nguyen Duc Tu - IUCN Vietnam presented at scientific workshop, side event of World Environment Day Celebration

Workshop on biodiversity conservation and wetlands management in Bac Kan

In response to MONRE’s request for support for the World Environment Day and the International Year of Forests 2011, IUCN cooperated with MONRE’s Biodiversity Conservation Agency (BCA) to organize a workshop on biodiversity conservation and wetlands management in Ba Be on June 4, 2011. …   | Vietnamese

13 Jun 2011 | News story

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  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
MWD overview by Dr Robert Mather, MWD Project Manager & Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group


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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.