TRANSBOUNDARY DIALOGUE under Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project

The Mekong River flows 4,900 km across six countries in Southeast Asia from China to Vietnam before emptying into the sea. It is one of the largest and most bio-diverse rivers in the world, providing rich ecosystems and abundant natural resources to the riverine countries and their people. It is important to manage the resources beyond national boundaries as water, fish and sediment, all flow from one country to another. However, governing the river across borders has been a challenge for the Mekong countries due to differing national interests and priorities. Transboundary dialogue can help reduce tension and increase cooperation among countries. The Mekong River Commission (MRC) supports its four member countries in the Lower Mekong Basin – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam – to enhance transboundary cooperation through the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project (M-IWRMP). The project promotes IWRM practices of coordinated planning and management with the application of MRC’s procedural rules, known as Procedures, and technical tools on water use planning, data sharing and flow monitoring.
The project originally began in 2009 with three inter-linked regional, transboundary and national components to increase IWRM-based water cooperation among the four countries at both basin-wide and local levels. The regional component, funded by the Australian government, was completed in 2015 after it advanced the application of the MRC Procedures and their technical guidelines and developed a package of modeling tools for basin-scale water utilisation. While the transboundary component focuses on bilateral water cooperation, the national component supports each member country to improve governance mechanisms and build technical capacity to carry out coordinated planning and utilisation of water within the national boundaries. The World Bank finances both the transboundary and national components.

Mekong Trends GMS Aviation Snapshot

The Mekong Trends Aviation Snapshot released during the last Mekong Tourism Forum in June 2017 in Luang Prabang, Laos, is a first attempt by the MTCO in cooperation with national tourism organisations to highlight the tremendous changes which occurred in air transport over the last years and to look at emerging opportunities within the GMS.

Do No Harm: A Toolkit for the Tourism Industry

This Do No Harm toolkit has been developed for businesses, not-for-profit and government organisations that directly or indirectly supply goods or services to the tourism, travel and hospitality industries.
The toolkit presents a background to conflict, peace and Do No Harm in the context of the tourism sector. This is followed by practical analysis templates to help tour operators and companies approach their business activities in a manner that promotes positive relationships with, and limits the risks of causing harm to, local people and places.
This toolkit was developed by the UK aid-funded Business Innovation Facility (BIF) in Myanmar, in collaboration with CDA Collaborative Learning Projects. As Myanmar is the first country in which an international donor has supported training programmes on tourism and Do No Harm approaches, the practical examples and case studies in this report are based on field experiences from BIF Myanmar.
The toolkit is also intended to be relevant to other nations undergoing significant periods of political or economic transition and aims to contribute to the responsible and inclusive growth of the tourism sector.

Phuket, MICE Tourism Market Update, August 2017

Sporting events are a key catalyst for Phuket’s MICE demand, with the
industry valued at THB 5.74 billion. C9 Hotelworks has released their
new Phuket MICE Tourism Market Update.

Bagan, Myanmar Hotel Development Report 2017

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