Mekong River

Major Accomplishments

Chi River Sub-catchment, Thailand

By improving community management of wetlands, fisheries, forests and the harvesting of forest products, the partnership set out to help show how conservation-minded planning in the Chi River could enhance the quality of life for community members, including fisherman, farmers and producers of raw materials. The team planted more than 80,000 seedlings, constructed nurseries in eight villages along the river and trained local villagers in nursery seedling management. These efforts will ultimately help control soil erosion, provide cleaner water and increase wildlife numbers.

Tram Chim National Park, Vietnam

Tram Chim National Park is located in one of the last remnants of Vietnam’s once vast Plain of Reeds ecosystem. Here, The Coca-Cola Company and WWF worked with park officials and local government to pass a new management statute that allows for site-specific management that is more appropriate to a wetland ecosystem. This change in policy allowed the partnership team to remove dikes within the park for better water flow, restore habitat and legitimize park access for nearby communities. Project activities have had positive results. Bird numbers have quintupled since 2001 and grasslands have tripled; and in 2009 the endangered Bengal florican (Houbaropsis bengalensis) was sighted within the park for the first time in a decade. As further testament to success, in 2012, Tram Chim National Park was designated as the 2,000th Ramsar (Wetland of International Importance) site.

Climate Change Adaptation and Irrawaddy Dolphin

During 2012, partnership work spanned Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, focusing on building basin-wide resilience during climate change and protecting the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin. To promote climate adaptation activities, the team conducted climate vulnerability assessments, and designed and implemented adaptation projects, such as restoring mangroves to help combat the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, coastal erosion and flooding.

To advance the conservation of the Irrawaddy dolphin, the partnership helped establish the Kratie Declaration on the Conservation of the Mekong River Irrawaddy Dolphin—an agreement that calls for additional research, community involvement and increased monitoring and enforcement to reduce the use of improper fishing nets.

To ensure continued conservation of the Mekong basin, WWF is working with The Coca-Cola Foundation and local partners on freshwater conservation and climate adaptation activities in Thailand. As part of the next phase of our global partnership, Coca-Cola and WWF will continue to partner in the region

For more information about our work in the Mekong or to connect with local experts, contact us.