From 23 to 28 August 2015, the SEAFDEC Secretary-General Dr. Chumnarn Pongsri together with Dr. Magnus Torell attended the “World Water Week” organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) in Sweden under the theme on “Water for Development”.
As part of this event, the seminar session on “Management of large rivers to secure functions of coastal ecosystem” was convened by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management on Wednesday, 26 August to discuss the need of new management strategies and action plans for protection of globally important rivers systems, in order to come up with possible measurements and policy recommendations to secure the productive capacity of coastal aquatic ecosystems. Analysis of possible sustainable use of the available water resources such as hydropower, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture was also included in the discussion.
During the session, Dr. Chumnarn made the presentation on “Consideration for the management of fisheries in Mekong River Basin and inland capture fisheries in the Southeast Asian region”, outlining the issues that should be considered to improve and ensure the sustainable contribution of aquatic habitats to fisheries, taking the Mekong River Basin as a case. The former CEO of Mekong River Commission (MRC) Mr. Hans Guttman also presented in the same subject on “Management of the lower Mekong river delta and the value of fish resources”.