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The youth of the Mekong river engage themselves for their basin

03 November 2014

Group photograph of the youth of the Mekong riverThe young Mekong basiners gathered in Laos from 11 to 18 October 2014.

The Mekong River stretches over the Tanghla Shan mountains on the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea in Vietnam over a length of 4,909 km (3,050 miles). With a basin covering 795,000 square kilometers (slightly more than the size of France and its overseas territories), the Mekong flows through six countries: the Yunnan Province in China, Myanmar, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. But the contiguity of these six Asian countries unfortunately is not enough to ensure regional cooperation.

From 11 to 18 October 2014, young people living in these six countries met to discuss the regional cooperation. Several workshops with experts from the region were held earlier that week to support young people in their thoughts. Then they themselves set their priorities, vision and commitment to their river basin.

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The Blue Passport at the 17th International River Symposium (Canberra, 15-18 September 2014)

05 October 2014

Jean-François Donzier presents the Blue Passport during the 17th International River Symposium in Canberra (18 September 2014)Jean-François Donzier presenting the Blue Passport during the 17th International River Symposium.

Since 1998, the International River Symposium provides a platform for river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, NGO’s and community organizations to share knowledge and innovative ideas on all aspects of river and water management.

During the closing speech of the 17th Symposium, organized in Canberra (Australia) on 15-18 September 2014, Jean-François DONZIER, General Secretary of the INBO (International Network of Basin Organizations), stressed the need to change our approach to the river basin management. He emphasized the importance of participatory processes and the involvement of all stakeholders of the water sector.

During his speech, Mr DONZIER also presented the Blue Passport, a tool designed by the ISW to help acknowledge citizens' involvement for water.

Concluding his presentation, Mr DONZIER handed over such Passports to several representatives of different basin authorities who were present during the symposium:

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Now available: ISW/SWE 2013 activity report

05 October 2014

Front page of ISW 2013 activity report

You can now download the annual report covering the activities of the International Secretariat for Water in 2013.

For the first time, the report covers the ISW projects but also those of our co-organization Solidarity Water Europe (SWE). You can discover the results of actions we took last year from our three main programs: advocacy/awareness, youth and field projects.

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