Livelihoods

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What do changes in the basin mean for the livelihoods of its people?

     Understanding how water, sediments, nutrients, and carbon move is, realtively speaking the "easy" part of planning for the future of the Mekong basin, undera all of the changing conditions. The hard part is, what happens to its peoples? There are extensive discussions, reports, meetings, public fora, media coverage et cetera addressing these critical issues. Some of the problems can be sumarized in terms of the livelhood goals:

  • Reduce hunger and poverty by half
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
  • Halt and begin to reverse the spread of malaria and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Halve the proportion of people without clean drinking water
  • Halve the proportion of people without sanitation

     How can technical knowledge of the basin be brought to bear on these issues?