Mr Stuart Ward, Controller, together with Mr Kriangkrai Thitimakorn, National Programme Officer, from the Development Cooperation Section of the Embassy of Sweden, Bangkok, attended the Mekong Sub-Regional Forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Resources Management. This forum, supported by Sweden through the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI), was held on 2-4 August 2015 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
The Forum aimed to provide a platform for project implementers to share their knowledge, findings and experiences in the Greater Mekong Subregion countries. It disseminated the results of local research and field activity related to climate change adaptation (CCA) and water resources management (WRM) in ASEAN. The Forum results would generate key information and guidelines relating to CCA and WRM that would enhance ability, understanding and knowledge of the CSOs as well as to build a capacity CSOs network.
At the event, Stuart Ward gave Welcome Remarks, in which he emphasized the importance of the Mekong Region – a massive ecosystem for more than 300 million people. He reminded participants that gender equality is of the utmost importance to Sweden so it was very gratifying to note that the role of of women and women’s empowerment were amongst the more important topics of the Forum.