Initial Field Mission Establishes Groundwork, Implements Hydraulic Monitoring Program in Khone Falls Channels
Workshop Examines Climate Change and Development Implications for Protected Areas and Species in the Mekong Region
BANGKOK, THAILAND – 8 – 10 October, 2014: Workshop Examines Climate Change and Development Implications for Protected Areas and Species in the Mekong Region
Written by Robert Mather, Head, Southeast Asia Group, IUCN Asia
Over 60 participants from the 6 countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) came together in a workshop that examined ‘Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development” The workshop was held from 8-10 October 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand, and was organized by the International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) GMS Environment Operations Center (GMS-EOC). Environmental policy makers, international and national conservation organizations and protected area managers attended the event.
In kicking off the event, ICEM’s Jeremy Carew-Reid said that “We are members of the protected area family, a family with a Mission. We are starting on a journey and the destination of that journey is to put protected areas and biodiversity back where they belong – centre stage in the discussions on sustainable development”
Protected areas in the Mekong Region are still largely set within landscapes and seascapes of small-scale fishers and farmers although over the last 20 years the GMS Region has developed rapidly, regional integration of transport infrastructure and markets has progressed significantly, and large-scale commercial agriculture and industrial-scale plantations have grown in importance. With the imminent arrival of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 this transformation of the region is set to continue.
“Now more than ever, protected areas are vitally important, not just for biodiversity conservation, but for the water food and energy security underpinning all of this economic activity” said Robert Mather, Head of IUCN Southeast Asia group, adding that “ The […]
BANGKOK, THAILAND – 2-3 July 2014: ICEM and ADB host the National Workshop on Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation in Thailand
On July 2nd and 3rd 2014, ICEM and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted the National Workshop on Strengthening Integrated Water and Flood Management Implementation (IWRM) in Thailand at the Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel in Bangkok. The workshop was held to promote awareness and consensus on the issues, tools and processes for improving water resource management in Thailand’s river basins, in particular flood and drought prevention and mitigation and water pollution control.
Over the two days, representatives and key personnel from major water management agencies at the national and provincial level, as well as international organisations and the private sector collaboratively discussed and worked through the opportunities and obstacles to IWRM in Thailand.
The workshop saw dynamic presentations and panel discussions about the future of water resource planning in Thailand. Key presentations included:
The Application of Satellite Monitoring Tools in Water Resource Management
Anond Snidvongs – Director General of the Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)
Economic Planning at River Basin Level to Achieve Sustainable Resource Use
Ladawan Kumpa – Deputy Secretary General of the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB)
Using Managed Aquifer Recharge
Sittisak Manyou – Senior Geologist of the Department of Groundwater Resources on Mitigation of Floods, Drought and Groundwater Level Declination in Sukhothai, Phitsanulok and Phichit Provinces
How to maintain sustainability in water resources and natural systems while achieving flood and drought protection
Songtam Suksawang – Director of the Research Division, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP)
A full report on the proceedings will be published in […]