Phase 3 (2014-2017)

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.


Launch of the new SUMERNET website

It’s here! Welcome to the launch of the new SUMERNET website!

We are delighted to share with you our newly redesigned website, with a streamlined new look and enhanced user-friendly experience. We invite you to start exploring. 

After almost a full year in development, we have made the menus easier to understand and provide you quick access to news, publications, projects, and other information that you’re looking for. 


Nguyen Van Kien

He is currently Director of the Research Centre for Rural Development, An Giang University, Mekong Delta, Vietnam, and a post-doctoral research fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU. His expertise includes water governance, agricultural and rural development, and communities’ resilience to flooding and climate change in the Mekong Delta.


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.


Co-production of salient, credible and legitimate environmental knowledge: Cambodia National REDD+ Strategy

This paper examines the processes and factors that influence the production of a salient, credible and legitimate Cambodia’s National REDD+ Strategy (NRS). Findings are presented in two parts. First, it empirically reveals that while many working drafts were produced and consulted with more than 1,000 stakeholders from local to international level, finalization of the NRS is still pending as of December 2016.


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.


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.


Duong Van Hieu

* Education Ph.D: 2008.09 – 2012.08, School of Environmental Science and Engineering Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)- South Korea; * Work Experiences 2012.08-present, Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science, Hue University of Science. Dean, Faculty of Environmental Science (2014-present); Head the Division of Environmental Ecology and Climate Change (2013-present) 2008.09 – 2012.08 PhD student, research assistant in Trace Metal Biogeochemistry lab.


Khem Sothea

Dr. Sothea KHEM has over 15 years of working experience with the International Organizations including the Japanese ODA projects; the USAID supported programs, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and recently is working with the Mekong Institute of Cambodia (MIC) as a research coordinator. He is also working for National Flood Forecasting Center (NFFC) of the ADB’s project for Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


Characterization of cold densified rice straw briquettes and the potential use of sawdust as binder

This study investigated the effect of particle size, pressure and mold diameter on the physical characteristics of rice straw briquettes. The briquettes were prepared utilizing a manually operated piston-press cold densification system and analyzed in terms of initial density, stable density, density ratio, compaction ratio, percentage of volume change, shatter index and energy consumption. Reduction of mold diameter significantly (p < 0.05) improved briquettes stable density and reduced compaction pressure requirement.