The waters of the Greater Mekong are a critical regional resource that provide multitude resources and services to its people. These resources are being developed at a significant rate.

Balancing water, food, environmental and energy related costs and benefits are essential for sustained growth in the region.

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) is a research-for-development (R4D) initiative that sets out to address this significant challenge.

In the Mekong, WLE seeks

to improve the governance and management of water resources in the Greater Mekong Region by generating and sharing the knowledge and practice needed to do so. See our research themes for the different ways in which we achieve this goal.

Research themes

WLE builds directly on the work and accomplishments of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF Mekong) which sought to improve the livelihoods and ecological benefits derived from reservoirs and their catchments without impairing the economic and social gains of development. Like the CPWF before it, WLE Mekong Region works entirely through partnerships.

In the Mekong Region, the WLE works on the Salween, Irrawaddy, Mekong and Red river basins.
WLE’s regional offices are at Naga House, in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Globally, WLE combines the resources of 11 CGIAR centers, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and numerous international, regional and national partners to provide an integrated approach to natural resource management research. WLE promotes a new approach to sustainable agricultural intensification that recognizes the fundamental role that healthy ecosystems play as a means to sustainable natural resource management, human wellbeing and resilient food systems. This program is led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and is supported by the CGIAR System Organization, a global research partnership for a food secure future.

WLE Global

For more information, please see the global website for WLE.