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.
On 10 May MWD Thailand brought together 20 women and 20 men from indigenous and ethnic groups from the upper and lower basin of the Maechan River, in northern Thailand to discuss their concerns on water and natural resource management in the Maechan sub-basin.
Experts from the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues recently participated in the International Conference on Watershed Management in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to exchange ideas and learn from lessons of watershed management around the Asia-Pacific region, and across the world. …
08 Apr 2011 | News story
The Mekong Water Dialogues in Thailand organized a combined celebration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day. On 2 April in collaboration with the Livelihoods and Landscapes and poverty reduction project, the community of Mae Salong Nok and partner organizations in the watershed area of Doi Mae Salong, near Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, conducted a special water ceremony to pay their respects to nature and also planted trees within the local forest. …
IUCN Thailand held a consultation meeting on 24 March to discuss an assessment of River Basin Organizations (RBOs). It was proposed to use the Chi River Basin as a case study to help understand the situation of RBOs, their strengths and weakness in Khon Kean, the second largest of the north-eastern provinces of Thailand.
A meeting to facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue was held on 20 March. More than 30 representatives attended from the Land Development Office, the Agriculture Office, Non-government organizations and communities along Mae Chan River Basin. The participants shared their knowledge of the water and land use situation for integrated management of the Mae Chan River Basin of the Mekong Catchment in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. The outcomes of the dialogue have laid foundations for the discussions of water management for Indigenous people, planned in April. …
With the accession of Lao PDR to the Ramsar Convention in 2010, all the countries of the Lower Mekong River Basin are now Contracting Parties to the Convention. In order to assist the Lao government in their implementation of the Convention, the IUCN Mekong Water Dialogues project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, together with additional support from the Ramsar Secretariat, organized a workshop from 21 - 25 March 2011 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. …
25 Mar 2011 | Event
Under the auspices of the Finnish-funded Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD), every few months IUCN organizes a meeting of the National Working Group (NWG), which is made up of eight water and wetlands specialists drawn from government, NGOs, and academia. The first NWG meeting in 2011 was held on January 27 in HCMC to discuss the state of IWRM in Vietnam and the results of the meeting of the MRC Council and Donor Consultative Group on January 26 in HCMC. Please find HERE the meeting summary. We will continue to post summaries of next NWG meetings. … | Vietnamese
23 Mar 2011 | News story
This meeting, the third in a series, was sponsored by IWMI, FAO, WorldFish Center, IRRI, SEI, and MONRE’s Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology, and Environment (IMHEN). Jim Syvitski of the University of Colorado gave the keynote speech. He was the lead author of the sinking deltas paper that was published in Nature and has attracted a lot of attention. Deltas sink naturally unless they are replenished with sediment, which they are under normal conditions. The formula describing this relationship is: R = A ± E - Cn - Ca - M
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23 Mar 2011 | Article
Two countries in the Lower Mekong River plan to construct 12 hydropower dams. On September 22, 2010, Laos officially announced its Xayaburi hydropower project, the first of these dams. The Saigon Times discusses this issue with Mr. Nguyen Huu Thien, one of the experts who have embarked on research into the environmental impacts of the 12 dams. … | Vietnamese
17 Mar 2011 | News story