Sep 09, 2015

ICWC Water Dialogue: When a river is dammed in the Mekong, a tree falls in Brazil

With Dr. Pittock, Associate Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University (ANU) and UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance.

Can we quantify the trade-offs between energy, water and food?

Hydropower in the Mekong – as in other regions of the world – has proven to be a threat to fisheries further downstream. Nevertheless, this has not slowed the rate of hydropower development.

To compensate for this loss, production of crops and livestock need significant new areas of land and volumes of water for agriculture. Additionally, the livestock production in Mekong is heavily dependent on animal feed imported from other parts of the world, especially Brazil, with all the implications this has for deforestation and agricultural development in that region.

In order to prevent perverse impacts on people and the environment from industry-specific decisions, decision making needs to be improved across sectors and among nations.

Welcome to the second seminar in the Water Dialogues series, co-hosted by the International Centre for Water Cooperation (ICWC) and SIWI Swedish Water House.


Welcome and introduction
Nicolai Schaaf, SIWI Swedish Water House
Dr. Marian Neal (Patrick), International Centre for Water Cooperation at SIWI

Presentation – When a river is dammed in the Mekong, a tree falls in Brazil
Dr. Jamie Pittock, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU, Australia

Led by Marian Neal and Nicolai Schaaf

Finger Lunch

7 October, 2015

11:00-12:30, Followed by a short lunch until 13:00

Stockholm International Water Institute, Conference room Ocean

Linnégatan 87A, 5th floor


Event hashtags

Presentation from this event
When a river is dammed in the Mekong a tree falls in Brazil by Assoc. Prof. Jamie Pittock

Blog from this event
Why a tree falls in Brazil when a dam is built in the Mekong by Nicolai Schaaf

About the ICWC Water Dialogues

The ICWC is an independent research institute hosted by SIWI, and is delivered in partnership with the Swedish Government and UNESCO. The Water Dialogues aim to deepen understanding of transboundary waters as a catalyst for cooperation in Sweden.