River Monitoring

River Monitoring

A healthy working river is defined as a managed river in which there is a sustainable compromise between the condition of the natural ecosystem and the level of human use. River health is often conceptualised as the overlap between the ecological values of a river with human values (including cultural significance).

River management decisions will be informed and strengthened by regionally-appropriate, equitable, cost-effective river health frameworks, data collection and monitoring systems.


 

Why does river monitoring matter?

Knowing the state of a nation’s rivers is essential input into decisions about rivers. The ability to monitor rivers varies across the Greater Mekong. Some countries have fairly sophisticated ways of doing this, while others have none at all. Devising cost-effective ways of monitoring river health is particularly important for these latter countries.

The change we seek

River management decisions will be informed and strengthened by regionally-appropriate, equitable, cost-effective river health frameworks, data collection and monitoring systems.

WLE and river monitoring

Ideas of river health are endogenous to the region. WLE Healthy Rivers projects dialogue and deliberate what river health means within the Greater Mekong. They aim to create a framework for regional river health, from which river health indicators may be identified. The framework will reflect different interests and views of what river ‘health’ looks like in the Greater Mekong. They also reflect different scales, of which community level is one.