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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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

Participants in first National Committee Meeting_IUCN Lao PDR_Jan 2011.

World Wetlands Day – Healthy Wetlands, Healthy Forests

This year World Wetlands Day was recognized and celebrated in Vientiane and in Beung Kiat Ngong Wetlands in Champassak Province, one of the first sites in Lao PDR recognized under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. …  

15 Feb 2011 | News story
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World Water Day, 22 March 2011: "Water for Cities - Responding to the urban challenge"

Announcing World Water Day: 22 March 2011

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. …  

14 Feb 2011 | Event

Flooded forests in the Tonle Sap Preak Toel wetlands, Cambodia

Lower Mekong River communities celebrate World Wetlands Day

February 2 is World Wetlands Day, an international day focused on highlighting the importance of wetlands to community livelihoods and aims to raise public awareness of wetland values. …  

01 Feb 2011 | News story

The Mekong is the world's 12th longest river, crossing 6 countries along its 4350km course

Hydropower on the agenda at annual WANI Meeting, Lao PDR

The 12th WANI coordination meeting was held in Luang Prabang, Laos from 18 to 22 October. The meeting was set to strengthen the coordination and delivery of WANI into 2012 and beyond. Global WANI coordinators and IUCN staff, along with colleagues and partners from the Mekong region discussed in particular issues surrounding hydropower development. …  

23 Oct 2010 | 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.