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Webinar: Where’s the Water: Mekong Wet Season 2022

Date and Time: June 27, 2022 at 9:00 – 10:15 AM EDT (8:00 – 9:15 PM Bangkok)

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2022’s dry season has ended and the river experienced both higher than normal dry season rainfall and severe shocks from upstream dam releases. The unusual dry season rains and dam releases have made the river level abnormally high at the start of the Mekong wet season. Does this help or hurt the Mekong and its communities? Join the Mekong Dam Monitor team and discussants to explore the answer to this question.

This webinar will also use data and information collected from communities in the Mekong to answer the following questions:

– How did dams impact the Mekong during the 2022 dry season?
– What is the status of the Mekong’s wet season flood pulse and how does this affect local communities and fisheries?
– What can be done to alleviate the impacts of dams and other harmful impacts to the health of the river?

Simultaneous translation will be available for 6 local Mekong languages (Burmese, Chinese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese)

Featured Speakers

Alan Basist, President, Eyes on Earth
Alan Basist has worked in climate sciences for almost 40 years with experience ranging from work as a research scientist in NOAA, an employee of a reinsurance company, an entrepreneur identifying climate variability and promoting mitigation and risk management strategies. In 2013 he started Eyes On Earth to service the agricultural and insurance industry on climate related investments, as well as monitoring food and water resources around the world. He is co-lead of the Mekong Dam Monitor.

Ian Barid, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ian Baird conducts research regarding various aspects of “Southeast Asian American Studies.” His work is transnational, and he particularly works on issues of importance to Lao, Hmong, Thai and Cambodian Americans and Canadians, both in North America and in Southeast Asia. He also actively works with the Hmong Studies Consortium and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UW-Madison.

Chea Seila, USAID Wonders of the Mekong
Ms. Chea Seila is married, a mom of 2 kids. Seila has over 10 years of experience working as a volunteer, researcher, facilitator, coordinator and project manager with projects focusing on protection and management of natural resources and communities’ livelihoods depending on the Mekong River She spent most of her time working in communities along the rivers in Stung Treng Province and around the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. Currently, she helps manage the Wonders of the Mekong Project.

Brian Eyler, Southeast Asia Program Director, The Stimson Center
Brian Eyler directs the Southeast Asia Program and the Energy, Water, and Sustainability Program. He is an expert on transboundary issues in the Mekong region and specializes in China’s economic cooperation with Southeast Asia. He is widely recognized as a leading voice on environmental, energy, and water security issues in the Mekong. Brian is co-lead on the Mekong Dam Monitor. His first book, Last Days of the Mighty Mekong, was published by Zed Books in 2019.

Courtney Weatherby, Southeast Asia Deputy Director, The Stimson Center
Courtney Weatherby is a Deputy Director of the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia Program and a Research Analyst with the Energy, Water, & Sustainability program. Her research focuses on sustainable infrastructure and energy development challenges in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific, particularly at the nexus of issues in food, water, and energy in the Greater Mekong Subregion. She provides support to the development and management of the Mekong Dam Monitor.

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Jun 27 2022


Time stated in EDT
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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