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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Local fish market by the Mekong river in Cambodia

Better collaboration needed for Mekong transboundary fish trade

Representatives from IUCN Lao PDR, researchers from LARReC, IFREDI as well as representatives from fisheries departments of Cambodia and Lao PDR gathered in Pakse from the 11 to the 13 of September 2013 to discuss the final findings and policy recommendations of the IUCN led study “Trans-boundary Fish Trade in the Lower Mekong Basin: Impacts on Fisheries and Rural Employment in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand” supported by the Sumernet. …  

30 Sep 2013 | Article
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Participants attending MDP consultation meeting

Mekong Development Plan: the value of public participation

In 2010, the Prime Ministers of Vietnam and the Netherlands agreed to support the preparation of the Mekong Delta Plan (MDP), a 100-year vision for the Mekong Delta, an area of very high natural productivity that is vulnerable to rising sea level downstream, dams and water abstraction upstream, and dikes, sluice gates, and other water resources management infrastructure within the delta itself. …   | Vietnamese

30 Sep 2013 | Article
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IUCN Viet Nam Fact Sheet

MEKONG: Viet Nam - the Delta film screening and panel discussion

Venue: Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT)
Date: from 7pm to 9pm, Thursday October 10, 2013. …  

30 Sep 2013 | Event
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Online IUCN Red List Training Course

IUCN Red List Training Course Now Online

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. The IUCN Red List has grown in size and complexity and now plays an increasingly prominent role in guiding international, regional and national conservation. Prompted by the Red List’s increasing popularity and a growing need for Red List training around the world, IUCN in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has developed the first online IUCN Red List Training Course. …  

13 Sep 2013 | News story

Indo-Burma Biodiversity hotspot

IUCN and CEPF Launch New Funding for Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot

Bangkok,19 August 2013 – IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) have launched a $10.4 million, five-year investment in the conservation of the globally important biodiversity found in the Indo-Burma region. …  

19 Aug 2013 | International news release
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The Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve included the three core areas—Boeung Tonle Chhmar, Stung Sen and Prek Toal—comprise the most important inland wetland in Southeast Asia, both for biodiversity conservation and livelihoods based on harvesting of fishery resources.

Call for Letters of Inquiry: Indo-Burma Hotspot

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is designed to safeguard Earth’s biologically richest and most threatened regions, known as biodiversity hotspots. CEPF is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation. …  

29 Jul 2013 | Article
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Public hearing on a draft of water law in Thailand

Public hearings contribute to draft law on water management

The draft law for facilitating Thailand’s integrated water management is being developed since January 2013; in partnership with the Law Reform Commission of Thailand, the NGO Assembly for the Protection of Environment and Natural Resources, the Asia Foundation, and IUCN through the Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD). The Drafting Committee is formulating a draft Integrated Water Management Law though public participatory process. …  

17 Jul 2013 | Article

Mekong river in Xayabouri Province

MWD Evaluating Progress and Charting the Way Forward

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam: On 12 June 2013, the Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD) Project Steering Committee Meeting was held in Ho Chi Minh City. The aim was to discuss and evaluate the progress of the MWD project and to exchange ideas and experiences in a Southeast Asian context. …  

17 Jul 2013 | Article

Sovann Morm, Head of Community Fisheries Coalition in Beoung Chhmar Ramsar Site

Fisheries Conservation expected to improve fishers’ livelihood

Through the Prime Minister's Sub-Decree 37, all commercial fishing lots around Tonle Sap Lake were abolished in favour of community fishing and fish conservation. Local fishers can now catch more fish and have access to fishing grounds that were previously off limits. Mr. Sovann Morm, Head of Community Fisheries Coalition in Beoung Chhmar Ramsar Site, bore testimony on 21 June 2013 to the fact that sustainable fisheries resources management will improve local livelihood around Tonle Sap.  …  

10 Jul 2013 | Article
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Plov Touk Commune: discussion on site selection

Integrated key stakeholders’ opinion for selection of community fisheries conservation zones and setting a priority action plan

 A five-day field visit and meeting were conducted by IUCN and the Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT) from 19 to 21 June 2013 in order to understand the real situation on the ground, and to identify sites for fisheries conservation for effective implementation of the EU-Non State Actors project (EU-NSA).  …  

10 Jul 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.