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.

IUCN Viet Nam Fact Sheet Photo: IUCN VN

From its source in the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong River travels over four thousand kilometers through six countries, eventually flowing through the vast Mekong Delta of Vietnam and into the sea. More than sixty million people rely on the river for their culture, livelihoods and food security.

The Mekong basin, however, is rapidly urbanizing. The Mekong and its tributaries already have many dams, and many more are planned and being built. The first mainstream dam outside of China - the Xayaburi dam in Laos - is already under construction. But upstream changes through dam building and water usage could have serious consequences on downstream environments, in particular the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Considered the rice basket of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is already at grave risk through climate change sea level rise and intense local development. Mekong Delta citizens are concerned about these risks but are determined to adapt and survive.

The film follows the efforts of students and scientists from the delta's Can Tho University as they develop a resilience strategy for the challenges facing the delta over the next hundred years.

An independent film directed and produced by Douglas Varchol, with funding provided by CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food, the Mekong Water Dialogues, Sida, and AusAID.


Opening Remark: Ms. AnnaMaria Oltorp, Head of Development Cooperation Section, Embassy of Sweden, Bangkok

Showing of the "MEKONG: Viet Nam-the Delta" film (25 mins) - Douglas Varchol, Director and Producer

Panel discussion:

  1. Dr. Robert Mather, Head of Southeast Asia Group, IUCN
  2. Mr. Nguyen Huu Thien, Freelance Ecologist, Viet Nam
  3. Dr. Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa, Deputy Director, Stockholm Environment Institute - Asia
  4. Mr. Ly Van Loi, Graduate student, Cantho University, Viet Nam


Facilitator: Terry Clayton, CPWF Communications Consultant

Finger food, soft drink and wine will be served. For reservation, please contact:

Dararat Weerapong, Senior Communications Officer, Southeast Asia Group, IUCN.
Mobile: +66 (0) 895178543, Email: dararat.weerapong@iuc...

Michael Victor, CPWF Communication Coordinator
Mobile: +94773950713, Email:

Work area: 
Climate Change
Viet Nam
SEA Group
Project and Initiatives: 
Mekong Dialogues
Building Coastal Resilience
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