Our Research

Our research

Hundreds of research outputs have been generated by WLE Greater Mekong, most of which are accessible from this page. We develop research outputs for a variety of audiences, whether academic or lay people in our effort to ensure that our research has real-world application and utility.

  • 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

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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  • 2018

Manual on framework for river health assessment in Thailand

This manual has been developed by researchers from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) as part of project that sought to develop a river health assessment framework for Thailand. The project was supported by CGIAR’s Programme on Water, Land and Ecosystem (Greater Mekong) and Australian Aid. The authors of this… Read More
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  • 2017

State of knowledge: River health in the Ayeyarwady

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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 Salween- Chinese

This State of Knowledge paper reviews what is known about river health in the Salween Basin, including both the current state and uses of the river and its catchment, and issues likely to drive change in the near future. This report is in Chinese language. Read More
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  • 2017

State of knowledge: River health in the Salween- Burmese

This State of Knowledge paper reviews what is known about river health in the Salween Basin, including both the current state and uses of the river and its catchment, and issues likely to drive change in the near future. This report is in Burmese language. Read More
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  • 2017-07

State of Knowledge: Hydropower Environmental Mitigation Measures on the Lancang River

Chinese HPPs on the Lancang River have been developed for electricity generation, flood control, water supply, and navigation improvement. Hydropower was expected to play an increasingly important role in developing a low carbon economy and increasing resilience to climate change in China. Read More
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  • 2017

Gendered Access and Control Over Land and Water Resources in the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania

This paper assessed the gendered access and control over land and water, using the Ihemi cluster of the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) as a study area. Specifically, the paper answered the question on how decisions are made between men and women over land and water in the… Read More
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  • 2017

On Spatially Distributed Hydrological Ecosystem Services: Bridging the Quantitative Information Gap using Remote Sensing and Hydrological Models

One of the ways in which the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) addresses the challenge of achieving sustainable growth is by improving our understanding of tradeoffs and synergies related to water, food, environment and energy. Essential to the success of these efforts is the availability of… Read More
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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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  • 2016-03

Integrating Global Satellite-Derived Data Products as a Pre-Analysis for Hydrological Modelling Studies: A Case Study for the Red River Basin

With changes in weather patterns and intensifying anthropogenic water use, there is an increasing need for spatio-temporal information on water fluxes and stocks in river basins. The assortment of satellite-derived open-access information sources on rainfall (P) and land use/land cover (LULC) is currently being expanded with the application of actual… Read More
  • 2016

Dams in the Mekong river basin

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