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BRIDGE Technical Forum, March 2015, Bangkok, Thailand.

Technical forum yields commitments for better collaboration on data sharing in the 3S Basins

“Cooperation” was the key word that echoed throughout a forum meant for technical experts working on the 3S Basins held last month. …  

19 Mar 2015 | Article

Participants at the workshop

BRIDGE workshop organized to help strengthen capacity for cooperative water governance in the Lower Mekong Region

IUCN BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance) organized a two-day regional training course on Water Governance in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The training course introduced participants to globally recognised water resource sharing and negotiation tools, and the legal principles and mechanisms that contribute to cooperative water governance in shared basins.  …  

01 Jul 2014 | Article

With an estimated commercial value exceeding US$2 billion per year, the Mekong is the world’s most valuable inland fishery

Viet Nam ratified 1997 UN Watercourses Convention

In February 2013, Jake Brunner and Robert Mather published an opinion piece in the Bangkok Post entitled “After Xayaburi, It's time for some hydrodiplomacy". Amongst other issue this identified gaps in the existing legal instruments and policy mechanisms available to Mekong countries in effectively and equitably addressing issues of trans-boundary resource management in general and in particularly in the case of the Mekong River itself. …  

30 Jun 2014 | Article

The Mekong river at the border tripoint of Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos

Hydro-diplomacy: Bridging the gap between science, policy and action

How we use and share water is a complex issue. It involves diverse groups of people such as farmers and fishermen, energy suppliers and developers, all who are competing for a limited and precious resource. Water use issues typically cross natural, social and political boundaries and can be local, national, regional and global in nature. …  

01 Nov 2012 | News story

The Mekong basin is one of the richest regions of biodiversity in the world

Sharing benefits across borders: Messages from Mekong2Rio

Innovative and collaborative actions that foster positive results are instrumental in encouraging further cooperation between sovereign countries, was the message from IUCN to the participants of Mekong2Rio, an international conference organized by the Mekong River Commission in Phuket, Thailand from 1-3 May 2012. …  

04 Jun 2012 | News story

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia.

Water without borders

Cross-border water management not only benefits water security but it also promotes dialogue, peace and cooperation – even in geopolitically unstable regions, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …   | French | Spanish

13 Mar 2012 | News story

6th World Water Forum, Marseille, 12-17 March 2012

Nature’s a solution to global water needs, IUCN

Media Advisory: Water resources are under increasing stress: with burgeoning populations, growing economies and a changing climate, water scarcity and pollution are set to intensify. …  

06 Mar 2012 | News story

Orsibal Ramirez, Head of the San Marcos microwatershed committee, shows the location of the different communities in the Tacana watershed

Encouraging cooperation on water across borders

As part of IUCN’s BRIDGE project, or Building River Dialogue and Governance, a recent exchange workshop took place between Coatan River communities from Mexico and Guatemala, to promote community capacity in local water governance across borders.   …  

30 Aug 2011 | News story

Mark Smith announces launch of BRIDGE at IUCN reception, World Water Week

IUCN launches BRIDGE at World Water Week

The new BRIDGE project, or Building River Dialogue and Governance, was officially launched at World Water Week during a reception at the event's main exhibition. …  

24 Aug 2011 | News story

Mekong River

BRIDGE - Building River Dialogue and Governance

Creating good water governance capacity lays the foundation for effective and sustainable water management, this is the crux of IUCN’s new water project BRIDGE - Building River Dialogue and Governance. …  

03 Jun 2011 | News story