Overall Purposes

  • To build and enhance the capacity of university lecturers and researchers of the Mekong region in teaching wetland-related courses, conducting scientific research in wetland-related fields, and assisting wetland conservation practices;
  • To enhance the understanding in wetland’s values and threats to the sustainable socio-economic development of the whole Mekong river basin;
  • To enhance the knowledge and understanding in wetland ecology and management of protected areas staff, junior staff of GOs, NGOs and CBOs, grassroots and community leaders and facilitators of the Mekong riparian countries and to improve their capacity in wetland conservation and management practices.

Specific Objectives

  • To introduce the concepts and principles of wetland ecology and management;
  • To provide intensive academic and practical training on wetland ecosystem management, focusing on wetland biodiversity conservation and it’s threats in the Mekong Basin;
  • To provide in-situ training and hands-on experience in designing and conducting wetland surveys, inventory, studies, threat analysis and research in wetland conservation and management by means of field projects carried out by course participants;
  • To introduce education and training methodology for the design and implementation of wetland academic courses and special training for communities in wetland-related subjects.

About Network

The Mekong River is one of the great rivers of the world. Wetlands of the lower Mekong basin are intimately linked with the ecological balance and socioeconomic well-being, nourishing a population of 60 million people of 6 countries: China, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia and Read more


The University Network for Wetland Research and Training in the Mekong Region (Wetland University Network – WUN) was formed in 2002 when leaders of 8 regional universities convened to create a process that would improve their collective understanding of wetlands in the Mekong region and build the capacity of universities to study wetlands at the same time.  Though each university was strong in some fields of wetland study, the founding universities (Can Tho University, Chulalongkorn, Mahidol, National University of Lao, Nong Lam University, National University – Ho Chi Minh ...

Read more

Contact Details

Duong Van Ni

CEO, Wetland University Network (WUN)

College of Natural Resource Management

T: +84 909 987 887

E: duongvani@gmail.com


Sign up to our newsletter for all the latest information from Mekong University Network.