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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NWG members discussed at the meeting

Vietnam National Working Group (NWG) meeting - MWD phase II

Under the auspices of the Finnish-funded Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD), every few months IUCN organizes a meeting of the National Working Group (NWG), which is made up of eight water and wetlands specialists drawn from government, NGOs, and academia. The first NWG meeting in 2011 was held on January 27 in HCMC to discuss the state of IWRM in Vietnam and the results of the meeting of the MRC Council and Donor Consultative Group on January 26 in HCMC. Please find HERE the meeting summary. We will continue to post summaries of next NWG meetings.   …   | Vietnamese

23 Mar 2011 | News story

Mekong Delta

Delta 2011

This meeting, the third in a series, was sponsored by IWMI, FAO, WorldFish Center, IRRI, SEI, and MONRE’s Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology, and Environment (IMHEN). Jim Syvitski of the University of Colorado gave the keynote speech. He was the lead author of the sinking deltas paper that was published in Nature and has attracted a lot of attention. Deltas sink naturally unless they are replenished with sediment, which they are under normal conditions. The formula describing this relationship is: R = A ± E - Cn - Ca - M
  …   | Vietnamese

23 Mar 2011 | Article

We emphasize that the Mekong River should never be used to test whether hydropower dam technology succeeds or fails

Xayaburi Dam: waves of unpredictable destruction

Two countries in the Lower Mekong River plan to construct 12 hydropower dams. On September 22, 2010, Laos officially announced its Xayaburi hydropower project, the first of these dams. The Saigon Times discusses this issue with Mr. Nguyen Huu Thien, one of the experts who have embarked on research into the environmental impacts of the 12 dams. …   | Vietnamese

17 Mar 2011 | News story

Ba Be lake in National Park

Ba Be became Vietnam’s third Ramsar Site

In September 1988, the Ramsar Convention Bureau designated Xuan Thuy as Vietnam’s first Ramsar site, and Vietnam became the first contracting party to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, commonly known as the Ramsar Convention, in Southeast Asia. Twenty years later, only one more Ramsar site has been designated: the Bau Sau wetland in the Cat Tien National Park in September 2005. On February 2, 2011, World Wetlands Day, Ba Be National Park was recognised as Vietnam’s third Ramsar site. …   | Vietnamese

16 Mar 2011 | News story

Dr Robert Mather (left) participates in a panel discussion at the Watershed Management Conference.

From Local Watershed Management to Integrated River Basin Management at National and Transboundary Levels

Participants of the IUCN led Mekong Water Dialogues joined the International Conference on Watershed Management in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, from 9-11 March 2011, to exchange ideas and learn from lessons of watershed management around the region and across the world. …  

14 Mar 2011 | Event

Low water levels in Hau Giang Province

Environmental trends and adaptation options in Mekong delta

In December 2010, IUCN supported two workshops in the Mekong Delta. The first workshop, organized by Can Tho University, reviewed environmental conditions and trends in the delta. The overall conclusion was that state-led efforts to “re-plump” the Mekong Delta have had significant unexpected outcomes. Indeed, it can be considered a case study in the law of unintended consequences associated with large-scale infrastructure development. …   | Vietnamese

09 Mar 2011 | News story

Students wear t-shirt and posters promoting World Wetlands Day gather behind a large banner before starting the parade.

Cambodia joins the international celebration of wetlands

Banners promoting the importance of wetlands adorned the streets in five provinces of Cambodia throughout February this year. The capital Phnom Penh and provinces of Kampong Thom, Stung Treng, Battambang, Kok Kong and Pursat celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Ramsar convention for World Wetlands Day 2011. …  

28 Feb 2011 | News story

Azraq Wetlands Reserve

Call open for Ramsar Wetland Awards

Ramsar is launching a call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Awards, which will be presented at the next Ramsar COP in Romania, June 2012. …   | French | Spanish

25 Feb 2011 | News story

local people is making noodles at craft villages

Craft village water pollution

The craft village industry in Viet Nam has witnessed phenomenal growth in the last 10 years, especially in the Red-Thai Binh River Basin, where 60% of craft industries are located. Craft villages make a major contribution to jobs and income. According to the Vietnam Water Sector Review, craft villages employ about 30% of the rural workforce and the average income per capita in craft villages is up to five times higher than in villages devoted to agriculture.
  …   | Vietnamese

17 Feb 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

 

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.