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Mekong

Adapting to multiple and uncertain changes in the Mekong Region: Strategies for today and a +4C world

The development of the Mekong Region, and in particular its water and land resources, will occur in the context of multiple, profound and uncertain changes. SUMERNET is initiating a “regional assessment” to interpret the multiple potential changes in the context of sustainable development of the Mekong Region.

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“Bridging science and policy in the Mekong Region”

SUMERNET researchers shared their perspectives at a panel on “Bridging Science and Policy in the Mekong Region” during the seminar held to commemorate SEI Asia’s 10th Anniversary on 17th November in Bangkok. Other participants included Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Chulalongkorn University and other institutions.

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SUMERNET regional work recognized as Mekong Environment Ministers meet to approve action plan in Chiang Mai

As the Environment Ministers of Mekong Region countries met in Chiang Mai, Thailand in early February, to approve the Asian Development Bank Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Core Environmental Program Strategic Framework and Action Plan 2018-2022, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) of Thailand has emphasized the importance of balancing development with the environment.

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Producing work together for recovery of wetlands, agroecological farming and livelihoods in Southeast Asia

The Mekong Region contains extensive wetlands of great biodiversity that provide a wide range of ecosystems services and that are also important to human well-being. Within these wetlands, local communities often practice agroecological farming, including growing rice and vegetables, animal raising, fishing, and collecting non-timber forest products. Unfortunately, many wetlands in the Mekong Region have been degraded or even lost, including due to agricultural intensification, large-scale water infrastructure development, and land use changes associated with urbanization.

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Reducing water insecurity: Questions of power, politics and equity in the Mekong region

At the 2017 SUMERNET policy forum held late last year, researchers and policymakers discussed policy challenges and research needs for reducing water insecurity for the most vulnerable groups in the Mekong region.

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SUMERNET policy forum on water insecurity on 9th November

SUMERNET will hold its "Policy Forum" on 9th November in Bangkok will bring together policy actors and researchers to discuss water insecurity topics in the Mekong Region.

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SUMERNET Media Workshop in Yangon, 25-27 Sept: Call for applications

Applications are invited from journalists for the SUMERNET media workshop: “Communicating on climate change and water insecurity: Mekong and Ayeyarwady/Chindwin River Basins” in Yangon, Myanmar, 25-27 September 2017.

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Abdus Salam

Dr. Abdul Salam is currently serving as an Associate Professor at Department of Energy Environment and Climate Change, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Salam has around 25 years of international experience in research, consultancy and capacity building in the areas of bioenergy (biomass, biofuel, biogas), waste to energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change mitigation, and water-energy-food nexus.

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Francesca Franzetti

I am an enthusiastic, recent graduate in Development, Environment and Cooperation with a specialisation in Environmental Economics and Policy. I previously interned at the Stockholm Environment Institute – Asia Centre in Bangkok, contributing to a Regional Assessment led by SEI under the Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) on water scarcity issues arising from seasonal drought, inter-annual climate variability and climate change.

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