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Mekong WET: Building Resilience of Wetlands in the Lower Mekong Region through a Ramsar Regional Initiative

As of: July 2019

Objective and activities

The aim of the Mekong WET project is to increase the resilience of communities by focusing on the sustainable management of Ramsar sites. For this, the project will conduct vulnerability assessments and develop management plans at 10 Ramsar sites, while sharing lessons with 14 other sites. Professional in-service training will be provided for 150 personnel and grants will be provided to support collaborative action between local communities and local authorities, benefiting several thousand people. Platforms will be established for bilateral dialogues on transboundary wetlands. The involvement of the Ramsar Secretariat and IUCN’s ongoing involvement with Mekong River Commission will also help communicate the project’s approach, best practices and key messages to a wider regional and global audience. The project approach, the “Mekong WE framework” can be promoted and replicated in regional Ramsar initiatives in other parts of the world.

Project data

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam

Implementing organisation:
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Asia Regional Office (ARO) - Thailand

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment (MoE) - Cambodia, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MoNRE) - Lao PDR, Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA)

BMU grant:
€ 2,530,000

01/2017 till 12/2020


Fact sheet:
Statutes and Operational Guidelines for the Indo-Burma Ramsar Regional Initiative (IBRRI)

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