Gender and ethnicity in planning sustainable groundwater management in Lao PDR

Groundwater is a strategic resource for building climate resilience, boosting agriculture and improving the health and livelihoods of rural communities. Since 2021 the Australian Water Partnership has been supporting the sustainable development of groundwater resources in Lao PDR including preparation of a groundwater management plan for the Sekong province. Policy makers and planners in Lao […]

Coordinating flows in the Mekong: Pilot design in the Nam Ngum Basin (Lao PDR)

In the Greater Mekong Basin, there has been acceleration of hydropower and other reservoir development over the last 10 years, which is projected to continue. Total installed capacity (in MW) in the Greater Mekong Basin has risen from below 5,000 MW in the year 2000 to close to 35,000MW in 2020. This rapid growth in […]

Strengthening water cooperation in Laos

Over the past 5 years, Australia further strengthened water cooperation with the Government of Lao PDR by supporting the development of a National Water Resources Management Strategy. A consortium of Australian Water Partnership (AWP) partners led by AMPERES together with eWater, Australian Rivers Institute (ARI), Truii and the National University of Laos (NUOL) worked closely […]

Scaling-up nature-based solutions for climate-resilient cities

Our future is urban. Cities fuel our economies, nurture innovation and have tremendous capacity to improve quality of life. More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas—a figure that is set to increase to 68 percent by 2050 according to the UN. Particularly in developing country contexts, it is a major […]

Sustainable groundwater management for the Sekong Basin

Since March 2021, AWP has been supporting the Department of Water Resources (DWR), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) to better manage and plan for the future of its groundwater resources. Laos is undergoing rapid development that heavily relies on its natural resources including groundwater. The resource is mainly […]

$232 million Mekong-Australia Partnership launched

On 8 November 2021, the Cambodian component of the Mekong-Australia Partnership (MAP) was launched following a bilateral meeting between Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, His Excellency Prak Sokhonn, and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne. “This week, I had a productive meeting with my […]

Call for Proposals: Coordination of Flows in the Mekong (Lao PDR): Improving regional and national communication and information sharing

Submission Deadline: Tuesday 21 December 2021, 5.00pm (AEDT) Activity Background The MRC has developed procedures, technical guidelines, strategies and plans to be used by Member Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam) to provide guidance on optimising national planning for basin-wide benefits and avoid, minimise, and mitigate regional costs. However, there has been limited integration of […]

Flood response technology in Timor-Leste contributes to regional Mekong dialogue on water security

A collaboration between Australia and Timor-Leste water sectors supported by the Australian Water Partnership (AWP) was highlighted at the ASEAN-MRC Water Security Dialogue, co-hosted as a hybrid event by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Mekong River Commission (MRC) on 19–20 August. The collaboration demonstrates how simple digital technology being adopted by […]

Outcomes from Ozwater’21

Ozwater—Australia’s premiere international water conference and trade exhibition—returned this year as a face-to-face event with international delegates attending online. On 4–6 May, Ozwater’21 was attended by over 1,100 delegates in person and over 100 online. The Australian Water Association (AWA) hosts the Ozwater conference each year, facilitating several events to further enhance knowledge sharing relations between Australia […]

Call for Proposals: Supporting the development of an Integrated River Basin Management Plan for the Nam Xam basin, Lao PDR

Submission Deadline: Friday 4 June 2021, 5.30pm (AEST) The Australian Water Partnership (AWP) is seeking Australian Partner/s to provide technical support to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) in developing a comprehensive river basin management plan for the Nam Xam […]

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