CApacity Building
For mekong managers

WATER, ENERGY AND FOOD SYSTEMS ARE LINKED Planning for water, energy or food security can only be done effectively when we consider their impacts on each other; for example, decisions about what crops to plant for food must take into account how much water will be available for irrigation, while building a hydropower dam to generate electricity must consider how the dam will affect fisheries as a food and income source. Governments and their partners need the right technical and conceptual tools to make wise decisions and good policies.

Some of the needs among countries of the Lower Mekong include:
ASSESSING AND MANAGING GROUNDWATER RESOURCES Some countries are experiencing seasonal water scarcity and increasingly rely on borewells to provide water for irrigation and domestic use. SIP is facilitating partnerships among the governments of Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, the World Bank, and several US government agencies and universities to identify and meet capacity needs in groundwater management. In Lao PDR, the program is cooperating on a National Groundwater Capacity Building Program, while in Viet Nam, SIP is facilitating partnerships on salinity management.
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MONITORING AND FORECASTING FLOOD AND DROUGHT Lower Mekong countries depend on imported telemetry equipment for stream and river monitoring. This is essential for building up a picture of environmental conditions, and to collect data to model future conditions. SIP, in partnership with the US Geological Survey (USGS), World Bank and Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM), is developing a long-term training program in telemetry operations and maintenance for Lower Mekong government agencies and universities.
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UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACTS OF CASCADE HYDROPOWER DAMS Microwave observations from space provide a way to detect surface wetness, even when there is cloud cover blocking the view from satellites. Surface wetness data, derived from historical microwave observations, can show the changes in river flows over time. SIP is sharing data from microwave observations to understand how river flows vary before and after the building of hydropower dams on the Mekong and its tributaries.
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