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Reaching Agreements Over Water _ Negotiate

Reaching Agreements Over Water _ Negotiate

Around the world people are involved in negotiations about water. This is a book for practi-tioners committed to negotiations which lead to fair agreements about how societies sensibly use water.  The book provides ideas, tools and inspiration. …  

27 Mar 2013 | Downloads - publication

Managing water across boundaries _ Share

Managing water across boundaries _ Share

Transboundary rivers are increasingly being drawn upon to meet the needs of growing popula-tions and economies.  This increased pressure on the available water resources sharpens competing demands between countries, rural and urban areas, different user groups, and the river ecosystems themselves.  The challenge is to balance these competing demands in a way that is equitable and sustainable for present and future generations. …  

27 Mar 2013 | Downloads - publication

Mekong river

Mekong Days in Washington

The Mekong Region is a massive ecosystem that is the lifeline for more than 60 million people across six countries. In the Lower Mekong Basin, it provides fish to more people than any other river in the world. More than 150 hydropower dams are currently planned, under construction, or commissioned for the Mekong and its tributaries. If constructed, the dams will radically alter the basin’s hydrology, ecology and, consequently, the lives of millions who depend upon it. How can these seemingly opposite demands be met?

22 Mar 2013 | Article
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World Wetland Day's 2013 at Beung Kiat Ngong RAMSAR Site

World Wetlands Day’s 2013 Celebration Activities (at Beung Kiat Ngong RAMSAR Site)

World Wetlands Day's 2013 Celebration Activities (at Beung Kiat Ngong RAMSAR Site) …   | French | Spanish

11 Mar 2013 | Article

Beung Kiat Ngong Wetlands _ RAMSA Site

Management Plan of the Beung Kiat Ngong Ramsar Site

  In September 2010, the Beung Kiat Ngong Wetland, in Champassak Province, Lao PDR was formally recognized as one of the 2 Ramsar sites in the country.     …  

04 Mar 2013 | Downloads - document


BRIDGE: Building River Dialogue and Governance (Project Brief - BRIDGE 3S)

Collaborative trans-boundary governance is central to the sustainable and efficient use of water management resources in the 3S river basin. 

01 Mar 2013 | Downloads - document

RAMSA Sites in Lao PDR

2 RAMSA Sites in Lao PDR

1. Beung Kiat Ngong is in Champassak Province of southern Lao PDR is an open wetland area. The Beung Kiat Ngong Wetlands complex is made up of diverse wetland types, including swamps, lakes, peat lands and marshes. The edge of the wetland is forested, and is surrounded by large trees, including species typically found in the south and east of Lao PDR. 2. Xe Champhone Wetlands in Savannakhet Province of southern Lao PDR includes a large plain containing perennial and seasonal rivers as well as scattered lakes, ponds, fresh water marshes, and rice paddy fields. These become interconnected during the wet season, and the wetlands complex extends into other wetlands areas. …  

22 Feb 2013 | Downloads - document

NBSAP Assessment Report

An Assessment of Lao PDR’s National Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 and Action Plan to 2010

In 1996, the Government of Lao PDR acceded to United Nation International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).   In meeting the requirements of the convention, in 2004, the government of Lao PDR formulated and approved its first  National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).   

22 Feb 2013 | Downloads - publication

A group of villagers from Mekong River provinces protests in front of the headquarters of Ch Karnchang, the Thai company contracted to build the controversial hydroelectric Xayaburi dam in Laos.

After Xayaburi, it's time for some 'hydro-diplomacy'

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Xayaburi dam in Laos on Nov 7 marked the symbolic end to a long and contentious international campaign to delay the dam's construction until further studies into its potential trans-boundary impacts were complete. …   | Vietnamese

05 Feb 2013 | News story
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Female Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)

Saving Saola from snares

An initiative created by the Saola Working Group of IUCN's Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Greater Mekong Programme has removed and destroyed 26,651 snares from the forests of Viet Nam and Laos that are home to the rare and elusive Saola. …  

25 Jan 2013 | News story