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.
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.
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17 Feb 2011 | News story
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. …
14 Feb 2011 | Event
01 Feb 2011 | News story
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
There needs to be significant investment to solve the growing water crisis that threatens water supplies and water quality for both people and nature, says IUCN. Climate change makes the search for practical solutions for water management increasingly urgent. …
06 Sep 2010 | News story
Water management in Asia is often complicated by the fact that many rivers cut across many different countries. Encouraging neighbouring farmers, fishermen and businesses to talk to each other to manage water to suit their needs and those of the environment is one of the main focuses for the Water and Wetlands Programme of the IUCN Asia office. But reducing the impacts of climate change on water supplies is also high on the agenda. Ganesh Pangare, Coordinator of IUCN Asia's Water and Wetlands Programme explains why. …
05 Sep 2010 | Audio