RRC-EA and IUCN-ARO organize regional dialogue for Lower Mekong countries

Ramsar National Focal Points and wetland stakeholders involved in policy formulation and enforcement from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam actively participated in the Regional Dialogue on Wetlands Policies in the Lower Mekong Region held on 28-30 May 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Representatives of partner organizations of the Indo-Burma Ramsar Regional Initiative (IBRRI) also joined the meeting. The regional dialogue aimed to identify and understand the current policy framework at national and regional level, share and understand best practices in term of wetlands policy development, carry out a comparative analysis of wetlands policy framework in the five (5) IBRRI countries, and identify specific ways forward and country needs on policy strengthening. It included sessions on the status of national wetland policies, good practices on wetland policy development and implementation, SWOT analysis, and plenary discussion on follow-up work. Participants also visited Bang Krachao– considered as the “green lungs” of Bangkok. The meeting was jointly organized by the Ramsar Regional Center – East Asia (RRC-EA) and the IUCN Asia Regional Office with support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand.