Since 2012, IWMI Southeast Asia has been working with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) on a multi-disciplinary groundwater irrigation project in Lao PDR. Access to groundwater provides a means for income and food security in rural villages where surface water is absent or unreliable. In collaboration with WLE and institutions from Lao PDR, Thailand and Japan, this ...more
contributed by Maddy Dahm
DG Jeremy Bird is currently undertaking a mission to the Southeast Asia region – visiting partners and donors in Vientiane, Hanoi, Phnom Penh and Bangkok over June 12 - 22, 2017. To coincide with his visit to Vientiane on the June 12, a reception was held for all partners. At this reception, Jeremy delivered a short speech ...more
On UN International Day for Biological Diversity 2017, it is important to recognize the value of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – the global body responsible for strengthening policy through science for people and nature.
What is IPBES?
Established in 2012 by UN member States from around the world, IPBES is an independent body in a collaborative ...more
Yesterday, March 29, IWMI Southeast Asia was invited to be an exhibitor and display our work and publications at the Lao People’s Democratic Republic celebration of World Water Day for high level decision makers, government officials, water resource stakeholders including donor organization and private investors, academic staff, students, youth, and the general public to promote cooperation for the implementation of ...more
By Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu
Senior Researcher and Head of Office, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Southeast Asia, Vientiane, Laos
UN-Water has designated 2017 as the Year of Wastewater. On this World Water Day, it is important to consider the dangers of polluted waterways, and think about safe wastewater management for a healthy urban landscape as Vientiane develops quickly.
The canal system in Vientiane ...more
An article by IWMI's Dalaphone Silhanath was featured in the Vientiane Times on March 8th 2017.
The Mekong region is experiencing massive investment with respect to hydropower development and a persistent challenge is to ensure that hydropower-related resettled communities are provided with improved livelihood opportunities. Despite the implementation of multifaceted livelihood packages based on consultations with affected communities, adoption by households ...more
In the development of hydropower schemes, displaced rural people generally receive financial compensation for their losses. But they still face significant challenges in adapting to new places and building viable livelihoods.
To provide support in such circumstances, the CGIAR Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics has developed a publication that offers researchers guidelines on how best to engage ...more
Two assessments were conducted on drought and salinity intrusion in Vietnam. The assessments were conducted through field visits in April 2016, and involved researchers from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), WorldFish, Bioversity International, and the CGIAR Research Program on ...more
Online tool expands to cover Mekong Basin
IWMI’s open access flood mapping tool, originally developed for South Asia, has now been expanded to cover the Mekong Basin and other areas of South East Asia.
Flooding near Bangkok. US Marine Corps photo by Cpl Robert J Maurer Creative Commons on Flickr
60 million people live in the Mekong region which is currently experiencing ...more
In Vietnam, saving water isn’t just sustainable – it’s also profitable
For many coffee lovers, the day doesn’t start until the first sip. Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world, and it is crucial to the economies of many developing countries. But to keep millions of people supplied with their favorite caffeinated beverage, water-smart coffee production is the spout ...more