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Participatory Video Initiative to Support 2 Lakes to Exchange Knowledge

Participatory Video Initiative to Support 2 Lakes to Exchange Knowledge

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 10th Oct 2016

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 October 2016 – From survival fishing to sustainable fishing, community's disaster preparedness and women's active engagement are among four topics "citizen reporters" of the Tonle Sap and Songkhla Lake would jointly produce video clips on to exchange knowledge between the two lakes.

At a joint preparatory meeting on Friday held in the Mekong River Commission’s Vientiane office, team leaders from the two lakes' communication outreach project under the MRC's Integrated Water Resources Management identified common issues the two lakes face, and selected specific topics to film during the upcoming video production training, as part of the participatory video and exchange initiative.

In the initiative, a couple of mixed teams with community members and officials from the two countries play the role of scriptwriter, cameraman and narrator. The teams will interview and film fellow community people on local issues and local solutions, and present their videos to people in the two lakes' communities to learn from each other.

“We’re very excited about the video exchange project. We hope people in the both lakes would learn how people solve local issues from each other,” said Ms Panporn Suwan, civil engineer responsible for the IWRM project with the Thai National Mekong Committee.

The communication project began in 2014 as a bilateral project between Cambodia and Thailand. It is aimed to promote IWRM principles for better multi-sector lake management in the local communities and encourage the two lakes to learn best practices from their counterparts' experiences.

Note to editors:
The MRC is the intergovernmental body responsible for cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose members include Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. It serves as a regional platform for water diplomacy as well as a knowledge hub of water resources management for the sustainable development of the region. It is not a supra-national or regulatory body. The commission looks across all sectors including sustaining fisheries, identifying opportunities for agriculture, maintaining the freedom of navigation, flood management and preserving important ecosystems. Superimposed on these are the future effects of more extreme floods, prolonged drought and sea level rise associated with climate change.

For more information, please contact:
The Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane
Phone: +856 263 263

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