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Ecosystem services for local development

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.

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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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Studying wetland ecosystems in Cambodia and Vietnam

The research team studying wetlands in Vietnam and Cambodia provide a glimpse of their research methods and their project activities through blogs and short videos.

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How rubber plantations are affecting local livelihoods in Myanmar: One woman’s story

As private rubber plantations expand under the supervision of armed groups in northeastern Myanmar, village people lose their lands and are forced to migrate elsewhere to work. One woman narrates her story of how the private sector’s expansion of rubber plantations is affecting their livelihoods and food security and forcing people off their lands.

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Challenges facing the Mekong’s inland fisheries highlighted at the 2015 China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Forum in Nanning, China

How to deal with the various pressures facing the inland fisheries of the Mekong Region especially hydropower dams on the mainstream Mekong River, was a key topic of discussion at the 2015 China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Forum (CAECF) held in Nanning, China from 16-18 September 2015.

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Chindwin Futures to co-host 4th stakeholder consultations for improving Chindwin River Basin management in Myanmar, 6-7 October

Chindwin Futures (CF) is continuing its efforts to improve Chindwin River Basin management by co-organising the 4th consultation meeting in Monywa during 6-7 October 2015. SUMERNET partners in Myanmar will be attending.

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Coming back to life

The collaborative study of small wetlands research team conducted the first of three surveys of small wetlands in Yok Don National Park in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, and Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary in Northern Cambodia during May-June 2015.

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Finding common ground: Co-produced wetland zoning in Northeast Thailand

At the Rasi Salai dam in northeast Thailand, the RECOVER research project addresses a self-identified goal agreed upon amongst the project partners to clearly categorize a wetland area affected by the Rasi Salai dam, and designate permitted uses within it which may range from rice and cassava growing, to fish or forest conservation areas.

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Analyzing human use and natural resources in wetlands of Cambodia and Vietnam

This research project, which is seeking to understand and map how humans and animals are connected to wetlands in the Mekong River Basin, has commenced key activities in pilot wetlands of Cambodia and Vietnam.

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Understanding, classifying and mapping human use and natural resources in pilot wetlands of Cambodia and Vietnam to promote sustainable development (Collaborative study of small wetlands)

This research project seeks to define how people, fish, birds and wetlands are connected in the Mekong River Basin. Fish and birds utilize wetlands and are crucial to the overall richness of biological diversity in the Mekong Region. People also benefit greatly from wetland resources, but these uses cannot be incorporated into sustainable use plans unless they are understood and mapped.

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