This activity is designed to provide science-based knowledge for cooperative, collaborative development and management of water resources in the Mekong River Basin through the creation of an international research network. The Mekong Basin Research Network provides knowledge and tools to assist policy making in the Mekong River Basin. This network addresses the issues relevant to the Sustainable Water Resources Management of the basin promoting basin-wide cooperation towards poverty alleviation ensuring environment security.
The research topics that are addressed are:
Land cover map of the Lower Mekong River Basin, with its accumulated flooded regions from 1999 to 2005
- Water security: the sustainable utilization of water resources is vital to social, cultural and economic well being of the basin population. The program, therefore aims to maintain the health of the river through a strategy of monitoring, management and education
- Natural disaster risk reduction: disaster reduction is an important precondition for poverty alleviation and sustainable development in the Mekong region. Taking into account that 40% of the predominantly rural population in Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam live below the poverty line, water related disasters have a great impact on the fragile social and economic systems. They pose a major threat to people’s lives and property.
- Eco-security: The maintenance of ecosystems’ health is directly linked to sustainable management of natural resources and bio-diversity. Assessment of ecosystem goods (e.g., transport, recreation, waste treatment, bank-protection, etc.) is important for a balanced approach for basin resources management.
Contact: This site is administered by the United Nations University's, Environment and Sustainable Development Programmes's project 'Basin Water Cycle'. For further information of the project and your potential contribution, please contact the coordinator basin water cycle project, UNU