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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Workshop participants visit ‘water onion’ conservation site.

Lao National Working Group members see environmental flows in action in Thailand

Member of the Lao National Working Group for the Mekong Water Dialogues, Ms Phetlavanh Sinpaseuth from Earth Systems Lao, writes about a recent field trip and training workshop on the importance of environmental flows, organized by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

07 Dec 2011 | Event
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House submerged in Hong Ngu district, Dong Thap Province during floods (taken in September 2011)

Man vs. nature: flooding in the Mekong Delta

The recent flooding in the Mekong Delta has forced decision makers to address an important question: does it make sense for the state to support the high levels of investment in large-scale water resource management infrastructure needed to produce a third crop of rice. The answer depends on who you ask and how you define the costs and benefits. Many researchers and farmers representatives argue that the direct and hidden costs of a third crop exceed the benefits in terms of the extra rice produced. But many government officials insist that a third crop of rice makes economic sense.   …   | Vietnamese

30 Nov 2011 | Article
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Flooding in Ayuttaya, Thailand Oct 23 2011

Thai Floods

As the floods in Thailand reach record levels, they are causing unprecedented damage to human lives, property and the natural environment. …  

03 Nov 2011 | News story

Local woman boats across Beung Kiat Ngong

Lao PDR’s Ramsar sites, Xe Champhone and Beung Kiat Ngong wetlands, learn from each other

Supported by the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues project, local officials and community representatives from the Xe Champhone Wetland in Savannakhet Province recently travelled together to Beung Kiat Ngong in Champassak Province to strengthen capacity and build a vision for sustainable wetland management. …  

04 Oct 2011 | Event
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IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues Cambodia NWG meeting October 2011

Increased impact from wetlands policy

MWD Cambodia is striving to achieve support and endorsement from the Cambodian government for the establishment of a national framework for wetlands management to secure adequate protection of wetlands for long-term conservation and sustainable livelihood practices. Initially MWD had set out to establish a National Wetland Strategic Plan or National Wetland Strategic Guidance for Cambodia. However, based on a strategic review MWD Cambodia has reassessed and decided that the establishment of Sectoral Wetland Guidelines is a higher priority and also more effective within the timeframe of MWD.
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30 Sep 2011 | News story

Fishing on Ang Soui Lake, Xe Champhone Wetland

Implementing Conservation and Wise Use in Lao PDR’s two Ramsar sites

Since joining the Ramsar Convention last year, the Government of Lao PDR and its partners have stepped up implementation of the Convention and its principles of conservation and wise use of wetlands. 

30 Sep 2011 | Downloads - publication
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Brainstorming in needs and objectives

Learning from the Thai experience of river basin management

Jointly with the Chi River Basin Committee, MWD Thailand has now commenced an assessment of the Thai River Basin Organisations (RBO).  Based on the Chi River Basin, northeastern Thailand, the assessment will be conducted from September – November 2011 and will foster an understanding of RBO strengths and weaknesses. 

25 Sep 2011 | News story

Launch of the Pa Khoun Conservation Initiative in Vientiane

United States Embassy supports Pa Khoun (Cat Fish) conservation in Vientiane Province, Lao PDR

Each July, Pa Khoun (Wallago Leeri*), an endangered cat fish species, migrates to Hom District, Vientiane Province for breeding and spawning. The Nam Khui and Nam Saan rivers meet in Hom and this spot is the only known area for Pa Khoun breeding and spawning. Each year around this time, the rivers become packed with fishing boats as both local villagers and outsiders try to catch as many Pa Khoun as possible while they are plentiful in the area.  …  

19 Sep 2011 | Event
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Senate meet Thai National Working Group

National government endorses MWD work in Thailand

On 2 September, the National Working Group (NWG) for MWD Thailand met to discuss the project’s progress. Senator Surajit Chirawate,from the Thai Senate Standing Committee on Natural Resources and Environment (Sub-Committee on Water Resources), joined the NWG meeting as a chief guest.  

02 Sep 2011 | News story
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A participant presenting group discussion results

NGO engagement in revision of law on water resources

Approved in 1998, the Law on Water Resources is out of date and needs revising, particularly given growing competition over increasingly scarce water resources. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) is taking the lead on revising the law and a draft version is now available for public consultation. …   | Vietnamese

31 Aug 2011 | News story

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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.