Our Research: Laos

  • 2018-09

Emergence of Integrated Water Resources Management: measuring implementation in Vietnam

IWRM can be defined as “a process that promotes the coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources in order to maximize economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems” (GWP, 2012). Recently, the changes in laws and regulations, such as… Read More
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  • 2018-10

Knowledge Networks in the Mekong

Knowledge networks, then and now, global or local, are meant to manage knowledge. This report examines knowledge networks in Southeast Asia's Mekong region. Water Knowledge is intended as an informal research output focusing on current research discussions and debates around the waters and rivers of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam… Read More
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  • 2018-10

Coping with changes in access to biodiversity and natural resources along the Mekong mainstream and tributaries

The relationship between people and natural resources in the Mekong River Basin is intimate. Up and down the river, natural resources in the form of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), fish, water, ‘Other Aquatic Animals’ (OAAs), agro-ecosystems and other – frequently common property – resources form a significant part of livelihoods.… Read More
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  • 2018

Hydropower resettlement in the Mekong region

The number of people displaced by hydropower dam construction has been growing steadily as more dams are constructed on the Mekong mainstream and its tributaries. More dams are proposed because the governments of Mekong countries regard them as a means to tackle poverty and stimulate economic growth (MRC, 2009). Many… Read More
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  • 2018-08

The impacts of hydropower and mining on water quality: an example from the Nam Ngum catchment, Lao PDR

Water quality can be thought of as a measure of the suitability of water for a particular use based on selected physical, chemical, and biological characteristics. The water quality of rivers and lakes changes with the seasons and geographic areas. There is no single measure that constitutes ‘good’ water quality.… Read More
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  • 2018

Monitoring the health of the greater Mekong’s rivers

The methods used for biomonitoring can be sophisticated, producing highly accurate results, but can also be simplified for communities to use. In countries where budgets for biomonitoring are low, using community-based biomonitoring systems can effectively and cheaply tell us about a river’s health. Read More
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  • 2017

State of knowledge: River health in the Salween

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  • 2017

State of knowledge: River health in the Ayeyarwady

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  • 2016

Coping with resettlement: A livelihood adaptation analysis in the Mekong River basin

A major driver of change in the Mekong River basin relates to hydropower development and the consequent changes in landscape and natural resource access regime that it induces. In this paper, we examine how the livelihoods of resettlers evolve following resettlement, and examine the determinants of that process. The study… Read More
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  • 2016

Dams in the Mekong river basin

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  • 2013

Mekong Sediment Basics

Reviews current literature on Mekong sediments including: sources and volume, how sediments affect dams and reservoir, how much sediment will be blocked by dams, impact on riverine habitats, fisheries, agriculture, navigation, the Tonle Sap floodplains and the Vietnam delta, and if and how sediment losses can be mitigated. Read More
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  • 2013

Mekong Sediment Basics (Chinese Language)

Reviews current literature on Mekong sediments including: sources and volume, how sediments affect dams and reservoir, how much sediment will be blocked by dams, impact on riverine habitats, fisheries, agriculture, navigation, the Tonle Sap floodplains and the Vietnam delta, and if and how sediment losses can be mitigated. Read More
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  • 2013

Mekong Sediment Basics (Lao Language)

Reviews current literature on Mekong sediments including: sources and volume, how sediments affect dams and reservoir, how much sediment will be blocked by dams, impact on riverine habitats, fisheries, agriculture, navigation, the Tonle Sap floodplains and the Vietnam delta, and if and how sediment losses can be mitigated. Read More
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  • 2013

Mekong Sediment Basics (Khmer)

Reviews current literature on Mekong sediments including: sources and volume, how sediments affect dams and reservoir, how much sediment will be blocked by dams, impact on riverine habitats, fisheries, agriculture, navigation, the Tonle Sap floodplains and the Vietnam delta, and if and how sediment losses can be mitigated. Read More
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  • 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility in Mekong Hydropower Development (Chinese Language)

Reviews current literature on definitions of CSR, main international frameworks, criticisms, CSR in Asia, CSR in hydropower, and drivers and trends in CSR. Read More
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  • 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility in Mekong Hydropower Development (Vietnamese)

Reviews current literature on definitions of CSR, main international frameworks, criticisms, CSR in Asia, CSR in hydropower, and drivers and trends in CSR. Read More
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  • 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility in Mekong Hydropower Development (Thai Language)

Reviews current literature on definitions of CSR, main international frameworks, criticisms, CSR in Asia, CSR in hydropower, and drivers and trends in CSR. Read More
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