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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Participants visited and exchanged at Bidoup - Nui Ba National Park

Issues in integrated watershed forest and river basin management in Vietnam: what are the next steps?

On May 23-24, 2011, participants from across the Mekong countries and beyond met in Da Lat for a conference about forests, watershed management, and IWRM. The conference was organised by the Centre for Biodiversity (CBD), Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD), a Finnish-funded and IUCN-coordinated initiative, Bioforsk, a Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, Vietnam River Network (VRN), a local NGO, and Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park. …   | Vietnamese

13 Jun 2011 | News story

Dr.Chumpol Sukkaserm, Senior Adviser of ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network: ASEAN-WEN and the Tangur Hor community and Bangladesh delegations were learning in using the effective Microorganisms (EM) in waste water treatment.

Sharing MWD knowledge with our regional neighbors

 As part of a country-to-country learning exchange, MWD and IUCN Thailand arranged a study tour for a project team from Bangladesh to Doi Mae Salong in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.  

30 May 2011 | News story
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Promoting decision support tools for Integrated Water Resource Management

Working with IUCN, the Mekong Water Dialogues and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Denmark-based global water and environment institute (DHI) hosted a seminar in Vientiane on 25 May to present and discuss “decision support tools for water resources and river basin management”. …  

26 May 2011 | Event

Stung Treng wetlands, a Ramsar site: a wetland of international importance

Streamlining wetland conservation in Cambodia

In a first for Cambodia, the Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) is in the initial stages of developing a national plan to strategically manage wetlands.
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20 May 2011 | News story

Local indigenous and ethnic groups meeting, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Local indigenous and ethnic groups propose watershed rehabilitation measures

 On 10 May MWD Thailand brought together 20 women and 20 men from indigenous and ethnic groups from the upper and lower basin of the Maechan River, in northern Thailand to discuss their concerns on water and natural resource management in the Maechan sub-basin.
 

11 May 2011 | News story
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Fishermen on the Mekong, Lao PDR

One river, many countries: Sharing the mighty Mekong

Experts from the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues recently participated in the International Conference on Watershed Management in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to exchange ideas and learn from lessons of watershed management around the Asia-Pacific region, and across the world. …  

08 Apr 2011 | News story

Thais pay respect to Nature, Doi Mae Salong,Thailand

Thais pay respect to Nature in WWD

   The Mekong Water Dialogues in Thailand organized a combined celebration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day. On 2 April in collaboration with the Livelihoods and Landscapes and poverty reduction project, the community of Mae Salong Nok and partner organizations in the watershed area of Doi Mae Salong, near Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, conducted a special water ceremony to pay their respects to nature and also planted trees within the local forest.  

05 Apr 2011 | News story
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River in the South

Thai RBOs assessment discussion

 IUCN Thailand held a consultation meeting on 24 March to discuss an assessment of River Basin Organizations (RBOs). It was proposed to use the Chi River Basin as a case study to help understand the situation of RBOs, their strengths and weakness in Khon Kean, the second largest of the north-eastern provinces of Thailand.   
 

01 Apr 2011 | News story
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Mae Chan River Basin Dialogue

 A meeting to facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue was held on 20 March. More than 30 representatives attended from the Land Development Office, the Agriculture Office, Non-government organizations and communities along Mae Chan River Basin. The participants shared their knowledge of the water and land use situation for integrated management of the Mae Chan River Basin of the Mekong Catchment in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. The outcomes of the dialogue have laid foundations for the discussions of water management for Indigenous people, planned in April.    

01 Apr 2011 | News story
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Workshop participants gather to discuss ideas for wetland management.

Wetlands management moving forward in the Lower Mekong Region

With the accession of Lao PDR to the Ramsar Convention in 2010, all the countries of the Lower Mekong River Basin are now Contracting Parties to the Convention. In order to assist the Lao government in their implementation of the Convention, the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, together with additional support from the Ramsar Secretariat, organized a workshop from 21 - 25 March 2011 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. …  

25 Mar 2011 | Event

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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.