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 Biodiversity Conservation

Wetland Biodiversity of the Mekong is one of the highest in the world. Conservation measures include identification of biodiversity hotspots for regional and national planning, species conservation action plans for flagship species and work with international conventions.

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Environmental flows
Determining the ecological and livelihood consequences of proposed flow changes in the Mekong River based on modeling and field data.

Biodiversity overlays
The proposed biodiversity overlays aim to provide a tool to assist with the development and planning within the basin. Developing these biodiversity overlays will involve effective partnership with other organisations working in the region. The concept of biodiversity overlays and key questions are addressed in this section.

Species conservation
Four flagship species (Mekong Giant Catfish, Sarus Crane, Siamese Crocodile and Irrawaddy Dolphin) have been selected for the Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Programme.

Red data book
A red-listing assessment of a species provides an indication of the category the particular species falls into in terms of threat to extinction. The red-listing process will be conducted on selected species in addition to the flagship species. One of the key outputs of this process is production of a Regional Red Data Book for the Lower Mekong Basin in five languages.

Invasive alien species
Within the Mekong River Basin, the impacts of aquatic Invasive Alien Species have become an increasing cause for concern. With a specific emphasis on threats to wetland ecosystems and associated livelihoods, the MWBP is developing specific interventions to combat IAS issues. The MWBP is also building on existing efforts and networks working on IAS in the region.

Wildlife trade
The MWBP will work in partnership with existing regional and global initiatives in addressing the issue of trade in fauna and flora with a special emphasis on some critical wetland species.