Ecosystem Services and Products in Rivers and Landscapes of the Greater Mekong Subregion: WLE 2015 Greater Mekong Forum
The WLE 2015 Greater Mekong Forum, held in October 2015, was the largest event in the Mekong Region to address the confluence of water, food and energy. It brought together roughly 400 regional water, food and energy professionals and thinkers to explore new and emerging ideas in water, its development and its exploitation.
ICEM – International Centre for Environmental Management, IWMI – International Water Management Institute, together with MIID – Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development and ECCDI – Ecosystem Conservation and Community Development Initiative, are conducting two healthy rivers projects under the WLE umbrella MK23, which focuses on the health of the Salween, and MK24, which focuses on the health of the Ayeyarwady.
Team members from both projects came together to facilitate a working session on ecosystems services and communities in the four major rivers of the Greater Mekong Subregion. The objective of the Healthy Rivers working session was to, for the first time, bring together a wide range of GMS stakeholders to undertake a participatory review of ecosystems services in each river and identify those that were most important. This report brings together and analyses the results of that session.
For an in depth discussion on the four rivers studied in the working session, see the Ecosystems Services Report.
The workshop was comprised of practitioners and inhabitants from all four basins. Environmentalists with decades of experience, law-makers, and other advocates and professionals contributed their insights and data.
Working session participants spanned a wide variety of project affiliations, technical backgrounds, and geography. The room was arranged into four areas with each area representing one of the four target basins. As participants entered, they were seated at the river that was most […]