Fair Sharing of Natural Resources in the Mekong

Stories by Mekong and Salween Youth

Stories by Mekong Youth
Paper author: 
Oxfam Asia Regional Water Governance Program
Paper publication date: 
Friday, May 24, 2019

Read stories about the importance of fair sharing of natural resources in the Mekong region as told by youths from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

This publication is an output from the “Regional Youth Exchange and Training on Story Telling” held on 16-18 October 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, organized by Oxfam’s Mekong Regional Water Governance Program (MRWGP) and People Protecting their Ecosystem Project (PEM). Over the course of three days, participants learned about and explored the different issues related to good governance of riverine resources, techniques in writing and photography for effective storytelling, and tactics on how to engage with their communities.

The training aimed to develop the creative skills of young storytellers from the Mekong by 1) providing a venue for them to share, learn, and co-create communication strategies to address the common threats to their resources; 2) building their capacity to develop advocacy communication materials to support their communities' engagement in natural resource management and governance; and 3) introducing them with community fisheries in Tonle Sap to learn more about the impact of climate change on their rivers and how it affects the livelihoods and security of the people of Mekong.

Oxfam believes in the power and influence of youths in enabling communities and civil society in the Mekong and Salween river basins to uphold their rights for inclusive and sustainable livelihoods. Through our youth training projects with our partners, we aim to enable the youths living in the Mekong to participate in the discussions and dialogues on issues that matter to their lives and their future.