This project’s objective was to develop strong networks across the Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam regions along the Mekong River and to develop strategies to protect the river and the livelihoods of those who depended on the river and the surrounding environment.

A regional workshop was held in Ho Chi Minh City with participation from representatives of the following:

Local Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and community representatives in Cambodia (FACT – Fisheries Action Coalition Team, MVi – My village, Cambodian Fisheries Coalition,  EEC (Environment & Ethnography Centre) and Laos (AIMA – Association for Improving the Living Standard for Multi-ethnic People Adapted to Climate Change , GCA – Green Community Alliance, Social Development Alliance Association (SODA); Agriculture and Forestry Department of Khammouan Province. From Viet Nam: Mangrove for Future Climate Change , IUCN Viet Nam,  Ho Chi Minh; Local people who are participating in the Comanagement model in Thanh Phong commune, Thanh Phu district, Ben Tre; Comanagement of fishery resources in Bung Binh Thien, An Giang province; Hue Local people who are participating in the Comanagement model Ngu My Thanh village;  Fish Association members & communal staff; Earth Right Institute; Institute of Technology & Biodiversity (ITB); People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature).

All the participants highly appreciated the initiatives of the workshop which was an opportunity for all the Local NGOs, CBOs and communities in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnams to meet to share, exchange ideas and to learn from each other.

There were presentations from each country on topics such as Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM).

The workshop was considered as a kick-off step for regional network of CBOs and NGOs. The long-term aim is to improve community livelihoods while protecting the Mekong River and natural resources for sustainable use and to promote policy advocacy using a community-based approach. The workshop involved documentation of best practice in IWRM and CBNRM from Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam and a study tour to Tonle Sap in Cambodia to see the Keo Por community and conservation fish pond and the Kampong Phluk community (Eco-tourism communities).

Donor: Oxfam
Project Date: 2014 – 2015
Location: Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam