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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A pupil from Ban Kengkok Dong Primary School talks about her World Wetlands Day illustration in Champhone district

Celebrating World Wetlands Day in Lao PDR

11 February 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR – Government representatives, teachers, students and members of local communities came together in Champassak and Savannakhet provinces. 

12 Feb 2014 | News story

Car calling public to the event

Public Hearings Thai Style

In November 2013, with funding from the Finnish government-financed Mekong Water Dialogues, IUCN lead a team from the Mekong Delta to Thailand to observe a public hearing organised by local NGOs on an expensive and controversial flood prevention plan that the Thai government has developed after the devastating floods of 2011. The US$12 billion plan proposes the construction of dams, dikes, and water diversions schemes. Very little is earmarked for “soft” approaches such as restoring floodplains to increase floodwater retention capacity, despite that fact that climate change models indicate more intense rainfall events. …   | Vietnamese

17 Jan 2014 | Article
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workshop to share experiences on Ramsar governance

Cambodia and Lao PDR share experiences on Ramsar governance

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 19 December 2013 – The governments of Lao PDR and Cambodia together with the IUCN offices in both countries have been working extensively in the conservation of their wetlands since both countries acceeded to the Ramsar Convention in 2010 and 1999 respectively. During that time, many strides have been made to discover the best practices that are applicable within both countries.  …  

23 Dec 2013 | Article
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Community drew hazard maping in Daun Sdeung village

Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment in the Boeung Chhmar Ramsar Site

November 2013, Kampong Thom, Cambodia - IUCN Cambodia, through its Mekong Water Dialogues project, conducted a Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment in order to understand the climate and non-climate change factors affecting livelihoods in local communities, natural resources, ecosystems, land use and infrastructure at the Boeung Chhmar Ramsar Site, Kampong Thom Province.
 

23 Dec 2013 | Article
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Fisherman on the Mekong

Publications of the results from the two-year surveys on biodiversity and livelihood on the Mekong river between Luang Phrabang and Vientiane in Lao PDR.

IUCN Lao PDR recently published the results of a 2 years study “Conserving Biodiversity and Sustaining Livelihood along the Mekong River in between Luang phrabang and Vientiane, Lao PDR” supported by the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Funds (CEPF). 

19 Dec 2013 | News story

Module 5 workshop

Community participation in revising Thailand’s proposed flood prevention plans

The Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) project aims to improve water governance in the Mekong region. For this, community participation and involvement are imperative. The Thai government had decided to invest 350 billion Baht in a nationwide flood management scheme. This proposed plan followed after the damaging floods in 2011, which caused losses to the tune of $40 billion. …  

18 Dec 2013 | Article
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A public hearing workshop in Nakon Phathom province

Ways ahead for Thailand’s integrated water resource management law

To mainstream active stakeholder participation in decision-making on water resources, public involvement is a key objective of the Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) project. The MWD Thailand component has actively progressed in this direction, with the formulation of the people’s draft on the “integrated water resource management law”. This is a collaborative effort between the Law Reform Commission of Thailand, the NGO Assembly for the Protection of Environment and Natural Resources, the Asia Foundation, and IUCN under MWD. …  

17 Dec 2013 | Article
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Participants of the Nam Lik Workshop

Consultation Workshop on Logical Framework approach of the Nam Lik River Basin Management Plan

The Water Resources Department and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, through the Vientiane Provincial Natural Resources and Department Division 

27 Nov 2013 | News story

Jane Lawton, Head of Communications, IUCN Asia

Blog: Talk of rivers and flooded forests

By Jane Lawton, Head of Communications, IUCN Asia. The word ‘dialogue’ may be somewhat overused in our development lexicon, but the recent meeting of the Mekong Water Dialogues I attended in Siem Reap, Cambodia provided a powerful example of what we really mean by effective dialogue in action. …  

25 Nov 2013 | News story

Chief guests and organisers of the Science Film Festival 2013

Science and cinema: Raising environmental awareness using film

The 9th Science Film Festival was inaugurated on 15 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Goethe-Institut is the leading organiser, together with the Ministry of Education and the National Science Museum. IUCN is one of the partners of this annual festival, under its Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) project. …  

15 Nov 2013 | Article
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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.