Panel on “Mekong – Salween Basins: Development and Challenges”

MK32 organized the panel on “Mekong – Salween Basins: Development and Challenges” along with the Thailand Research Council and the other leading Universities in the northeast of Thailand in the annual forum called Thailand Regional Research Expo 2016. The panel was held on March 4, 2016 at Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University.

In this great opportunity, MK32 had received the positive responses from  5 fellows in our project and one respective professor from MK31 to be our honorable panelists.

The panelists and the topics detail are as below..

1) “Livelihood development in fishery management of the Lower Mekong Basin, Cambodia”
By Dr. Serey Sok, Mekong fellow, WLE Greater Mekong (MK32) and lecturer, Royal University of Phnom Penh

2) “Women and resource management and development in Laos”
By Ms. Minitta Taosouvanh, Mekong fellow, WLE Greater Mekong (MK32) and CLICK organization (Laos)

3)  “Mekong river sand mining management in Vietnam from Vietnamese experiences”
By Dr. Nguyen Phuong Le, Mekong fellow, WLE Greater Mekong (MK32) and lecturer, National University of Vietnam

4) “Fish contract farming and implications for sustainable Mekong development”
By Dr. Soimart Rungmanee, Mekong fellow, WLE Greater Mekong (MK32) and lecturer, Thammasat University

5) “Development in Salween river basin: Myanmar experiences”
By Prof. Saw Win, a retired Rector of Maubin University, an Executive Director of Renewable Energy Association Myanmar (REAM)

6) “Women and social justice in water and land governance: A case study of women’s livelihoods in a village affected by Hua Na Dam”
By Dr. Surasom Krisnachuta, Mekong fellow, WLE Greater Mekong (MK32) and lecturer, Ubon Ratchathani University

This panel is to reflect development in the Mekong and Salween river basins. Throughout the regions, the term “development” has contested views and it has been hotly debated by stakeholders who have different convening powers. With this, over the past 2 decades, the basins have become political and economic landscapes that have been dominantly controlled by donors, developers, and financiers especially the World Bank and ADB (Asian Development Bank). Hence, countries in the region have dissimilar political, bureaucratic, rules, regulation and law systems underlying policies on development agendas and their implementation. Civil societies have countered development projects that potentially harm to local livelihoods and ecology.  Thus, to discuss on development and challenges on Mekong-Salween river basins would be greatly fruitful in understanding..

  1. What the development agendas, policies and their impacts on local people and ecologies taking case studies in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
  2. What are challenges that need to be tackled and how universities have been playing roles in linking sciences into policies for sustainable development.

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