International rivers, such as the Mekong, are crucial arteries carrying the lifeblood of freshwater that sustains human existence and ecosystems around the world. It is estimated that there are 276 transboundary river basins (TRB) and 200 transboundary aquifers around the world but 60% of the world’s transboundary basins lack any type of cooperative management framework. To ensure the protection of freshwater ecosystems and to promote transboundary cooperation, effective international water legislation needs to be in place.
Oxfam produced this video to showcase interest and perspective of different stakeholders working to promote gender in water governance in the Mekong Region. The Oxfam’s Inclusion Project and the IUCN’s BRIDGE Programme are working together in strategic ways to promote gender balance in water governance. The video highlights activities from the workshop entitled, ‘Gender and Women’s Leadership in Water Governance Workshop’ which was co-organized by Oxfam and IUCN on 11-12 July 2016 at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
This 20-minute film uploaded by one of our partners, The NGO Forum on Cambodia, is designed to promote awareness about the effects of the Lower Sesan II (LS2) dam. The documentary captures the reality of local communities, the recommendations from these concerned communities, and the perceptions of various NGOs and government officials about the dam. In Khmer with English subtitles. For more information, visit the website of the NGO Forum on Cambodia, http://www.ngoforum.org.kh/.
Mr Tek Vannara, Executive Director of the NGO Forum on Cambodia, and an active member of BRIDGE Champion’s Network, speaks about why data sharing and collaborative governance among Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam is required and how BRIDGE project can support an improved transboundary governance for the region. He argues it is important to secure the livelihoods of people who rely on the rich natural recourses of the 3S Basin
The Sekong River Basin is an important trans-boundary tributary to the Mekong River shared by Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam. It is known for notable for its rugged topography and large forested areas.