Mo Koh Similan National Park, Thailand
Major-General Gamon Suwabhabh welcomes the participants

Water, land and forests for national security

How do natural resources relate to national security? This question has been at the heart of a joint workshop of Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) and IUCN held in Chiang Mai from 29-31 May 2013. …  

06 Jun 2013 | Article
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The panel from left to right: Dr Robert Mather, Head of Southeast Asia Group, IUCN; H.E. Say Socheat, Deputy Governor, Koh Kong Province; Mr Meas Sophal, Deputy Director of General Department of Administration of Nature Conservation and Protection, Ministry of Environment; Mrs Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Director, Sustainable Development Foundation

Ecosystems are transboundary

In early 2013, two bordering provinces of Thailand and Cambodia discussed possible transboundary collaboration. A group of 34 representatives from communities, academy, local government offices in Trat, as well as a team of the Sustainable Development Foundation and IUCN, travelled to Koh Kong, Cambodia to meet with H.E. Say Socheat, Deputy Governor of Koh Kong province, and other officials, as part of the European Union funded project Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Coastal Southeast Asia (BCR). …  

15 May 2013 | Article
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Mekong Days in Washington DC 2013

"Mekong Days"

Robert Mather, Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group, was in Washington, DC for the U.S. debut of the film “MEKONG”, which examines the issues of hydropower development and its impact on Mekong citizens' lives. IUCN, Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD), Challenge Programme for Food and Water (CPWF), and the Goethe Institute set up the debut of the film during the DC Environmental Film Fest, and also planned related “Mekong Days” -- several days of events held over 22-27th March 2013, highlighting issues related to the Mekong, including panels at the Goethe Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center in which Robert participated. …  

11 May 2013 | Article
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Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General

Mai Root and Bang Chan Villagers Welcome IUCN Director General

From 5-6 March 2013, the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Julia Marton-Lefèvre, came to visit Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) and IUCN’s joint project field sites, where coastal communities are responding to both climate and human induced change. …  

07 May 2013 | Article
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Wieng Nong Lom, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wieng Nong Lom-wetland is not wasteland

Marking the World Wetlands Day 2013, IUCN's Mekong Water Dialogues, together with partners such as the Thailand Research Fund, the Thai Water Partnership and the Wieng Nong Lom community gathered to discuss the current situation and options for future protection of their wetland, traditions, culture and community life. …  

25 Apr 2013 | Article
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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?
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22 Mar 2013 | Article
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MWD Thailand workshop on nature and environmental laws principles_Bangkok, 22 February 2013

Thai civil society discussed principles of natural resources and environmental laws

Bangkok, 22 February 2013 - Representatives from academia, non-governmental organisations, legal experts and members of the Law Reform Commission of Thailand (LRCT) met to develop a legal reform framework for the integration of laws relating to land, natural resources and the environment l. The meeting was organized by the LRCT, IUCN's Mekong Water Dialogues (MWD), the Asia Foundation and Assembly for the Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources as part of Development. …  

07 Mar 2013 | News story
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Robert Mather at the Thai PBS Short Film Screening in Chiang Khan, Loei, Thailand, on 7 December 2012

Mekong film watched by the Mekong River

On the 7-8 December 2012, MWD joinned the Chiang Khan Short Films Festival organised by Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS). This aimed to present key pressing issues in the Chiang Khan community through the form of short films and to encourage wider public debates.   …  

03 Jan 2013 | Article
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Robert Mather, Head of IUCN Southeast Asia Group presented the award to the first place winner, Polen Ly from Cambodia. His winning short film is Gone with the Water.

IUCN presented awards to winners of Goethe-Institut' SEADocs

SEADocs – The Southeast Asian Student Documentary Award is a competition to encourage the art of documentary filmmaking in the region as a platform to engage with pressing social and environmental issues. …  

01 Jan 2013 | Event
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Members of the Thailand National Working Group discussing the impacts of dredging in Ranong, Thailand

Community Water Dialogues: Creating a platform for community participation in flood and water Management

 Over the next year the Thailand National Working Group (NWG), Mekong Water Dialogues will be conducting Community Water Dialogues (CWD) throughout Thailand. CWD will establish a platform for local communities to contribute to flood and water management in Thailand. …  

21 Dec 2012 | Article
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    Lessons learned of Mangroves for the Future (MFF) in Thailand

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