Conference Proceedings

“International Conference on
the Mekong, Salween and Red Rivers:
Sharing Knowledge and Perspectives Across Borders”


Water resources are inextricably linked to local livelihoods and wellbeing, agricultural production and food security, and local and as well as regional national economies across the Mekong region. The Mekong, Red and Salween Rivers are all transboundary rivers that are subject to the dynamics of rapid change as the region increasingly integrates economically and socially. Whether development is inclusive, informed and accountable, and the rights and entitlements of marginalized communities recognized, remains a key challenge.

The “International Conference on the Mekong, Salween and Red Rivers: Sharing Knowledge and Perspectives Across Borders”, held in the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University on 12 November 2016. The conference was co-organized by the Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS) of Chulalongkorn University, the Mekong Sub-region Social Research Center (MSSRC) of Ubon Ratchathani University, and the Vietnam Academy of Water Resources (VAWR), with support from Australian Aid, and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems: Greater Mekong. 39 papers were presented at the conference on topics including:

  • Gender, Dams, and Social Justice
  • Rivers, Natural Resources, and Vulnerabilities
  • Resource Governance and Local Response
  • Agriculture and Irrigation
  • Dams, Human Rights, and Gender
  • Livelihoods, Vulnerability, and Resilience
  • Water Management, Governance, and Assessment Tools
  • Natural Resources, Livelihoods, and Gender
  • Resource Governance, Local Knowledge, and Culture
  • Additional Conference Paper Submission

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Gender, Dams, and Social Justice
1. Differences in Women’s and Men’s Employment in Hydropower Resettlement Areas: Some Gender Perspectives
by Zhong Mei
2. Nujiang Hydropower Construction: Blessing or Curse for Lisu Women?
by Huang Yaping
3. Saving the “last” River in China: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis of the Campaign to Stop the Nujiang Dams Project
by Hannah Nakaddy

Rivers, Natural Resources, and Vulnerabilities (I)
4. Demand and Supply Factors Affecting Participation in Hydropower Management in the Song Tranh 2 Hydropower Project
by Le Thi Huong Loan, Pham Phuong Trung, and Truong Chi Hieu
5. Possible Socioeconomic Consequence of Hydropower Dams on Downstream Communities: A Case of Hatgyi Dam
by Kyaw Thu Han
6. Fragmented Sovereignty and the Politics of Watershed Resources in the Shan State of Myanmar
by K. B. Robert
7. From Wild Capture Fisheries to Fish Cages: Intimate Water Governance in the Lower Songkhram River Basin
by Soimart Rungmanee

Resource Governance and Local Response
8. Responses to Compensation Affected by the Son La Hydropower Resettlement in Northwestern Vietnam
by Pham Van Dung
9. Local Knowledge Amongst Farming Communities on Response to Water Induces Hazards: Case Study in Xuan Thuy National Park
by Nguyen Thi Hong Lam
10. Mining Investment, Resource Governance, and Livelihood Changes in Pek District Xieng Khouang Province, Laos
by Oulavanh Keovilignavong

Agriculture and Irrigation
11. Rationale for Implementing the Irrigation Management Transfer That Aim to Improve Efficiency of Water Supply and River’s Health Case Study: Red River Delta
by Nguyen Duc Viet
12. Masculinization of Agriculture in the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta: The Power of Migration and Remittance Investment on Adoption of Sustainable Production Practice
by Jenny Lovell
13. The Coping Strategies of Coffee Farmers in Response to Water Scarcity: A Case Study of Ethnic Groups in the Central Highlands of Vietnam
by Nguyen Phuong Le

Dams, Human Rights, and Gender
14. Implications on Women’s Lives and Livelihoods: A Case Study of Villages to Be Affected by the Mongton Dam Project in Shan State
by Hnin Wut Yee
15. Ecofeminism Evolution: Political Openness and Readiness of Gender Evolution in the Case of Mong Ton Dam Project
by Nang Shining
16. What Are the Challenges and Development Spaces for Women and Men If the Sambor Hydropower Dam Is Developed?
by Suon Siny

Livelihoods, Vulnerability, and Resilience
17. Livelihood Development and Local Participation in Fisheries Management in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB): A Comparative Study of Ethnic Groups in Laos and Cambodia
by Serey Sok and Somkhit Boulidam
18. Research and Proposal on the Irrigation Modernization Framework in Red River Delta, Vietnam
by Vu Hai Nam

19. Impacts of the Irrigation Service Fee Policy on On-farm Irrigation Management, Agriculture Productivity and Household Economy
by Le Van Chinh
20. Urban Landscape Dynamic Analysis on Mandalay City, Myanmar
by Kyaw Zaya Htun, Swe Swe Aye, Noravan Cauwenbergh, and William Veerbeek

Water Management, Governance, and Assessment Tools
21. The Role of Environmental Impact Assessment in the Governance of Nu-Salween River: A Comparative Study of the Chinese and Myanmar Approaches
by Bian Yongmin
22. Water Quality Management for Sustainable Aquaculture Production in the Mekong Delta
by Nguyen Thi Hai Ninh, Nguyen Mau Dung, and Ho Ngoc Cuong
23. Assessing the Capacity of Receiving Wastewater of River for Decision Support on Water Resources Protection Case Study: Thuong River
by Trinh Thi Thu Van and Bui Cong Quangba
24. On the Application of Agent-based Model on Water Allocation to Improve Water Usage Efficiency and Reduce Conflict
by Tran Duc Trinh

Natural Resources, Livelihoods, and Gender
25. Mekong River-based Livelihood Strategies of Women in Don Sahong Village, Champasack Province Southern Laos
by Minitta Taosouvanh
26. The Women’s Role in Agriculture and Irrigation Management: A Case Study at Gia Xuyen Commune, Gia Loc District in Hai Duong Province, Vietnam
by Le Thi Hong Nhung
27. Gender Roles and Participation Benefits for Women in the Payment for Forest Environmental Services Program in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
by Nguyen Bich Ngoc, Pham Huu Ty, and Nguyen Cao Sang

Rivers, Natural Resources, and Vulnerability (II)

28. Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought of Ethnic Minority Women in the Krong No River Basin, Vietnam
by Nguyen Thi Da Thao, Hoang Dung Ha, Pham Thi Nhung, and Tran Thi Tra Giang
29. Evaluation of Mangrove Ecosystem Services in the Ayeyarwady Delta: A Step Towards Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Myanmar
by Swuam Pyaye Aye Aung, Hitke Htike, and Noravan Cauwenbergh
30. Assessing Potential Threats to Fisheries and Socio-economy at Thanlwin Estuary
by Cherry Aung

Resource Governance, Local Knowledge, and Culture
31. Rights and Rites for Water Justice: A Case Study of the Proposed Hatgyi Dam on the Salween River
by Saw John Bright
32. Ethnobotanical Study on Some Plants Growing Along the Thanlwin River in Lashio District, Northern Shan State, Myanmar
by Mar Mar Aye
33. Geographical Analysis on the Impact of Land Cover Changes on Socio-economic Conditions in Bawlakhe District, Kayah State in Myanmar: A Case Study of Four Villages
by Khin Sandar Aye

Additional Conference Paper Submission
34. Concepts for the Modernization of Water Management in the Bac Hung Hai Irrigation System
by Dong Xuan Nghia
35. Community-based Water Quality Monitoring: A Multi-benefit Approach to Water Governance in The Red River Basin, Vietnam
by Nguyen Van Huy
36. Institutional Situation and Proposals for Improving Drought Management for Red River Delta, Vietnam
by Nguyen Xuan Lam
37. Assessment of Climate Change Impact on River Flow Regimes to Support Decision-making in Water Resources Management in the Red River Delta, Vietnam: A Case Study of Nhue-day River Basin
by Phan Cao Duong38. Improvement of On-farm Management for Effective Use of Water Resource From Small-scale Irrigation Schemes in Northern Mountainous Areas in Red River Basin
by Pham Thi Phuong Thao
39. The Absence of Women’s Role in Hua Na Dam Rehabilitation Projects in Ban Nong Ong Village, Si Saket Province, Thailand
by Surasom Krisanachuta, Saowanee T. Alexander, Pinwadee Srisupan, and Thitarat Phanchana