MRC Launches Video Exchange Initiative on Water Resources Management of Tonle Sap and Songkhla Lakes

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) launched yesterday a video exchange initiative to enrich knowledge and promote local solutions on lake management and to enhance sharing of information and best practices on water resources management of Cambodia's Tonle Sap and Thailand's Songkhla Lakes, said an MRC's media release.

It is part of the Tonle Sap-Songkhla Lake Basins Communication Outreach Project under the MRC's Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Programme (IWRMP), it pointed out.

In this initiative, it underlined, government officials and community representatives from the two lakes' communities will act as citizen journalists to produce video clips on local lives and issues involving natural resources management, such as unsustainable practices of community fishing, lack of alternative sources of income in the fishing villages, and impacts of climate change. The videos will also feature practical solutions to address those challenges.

"Video exchange is an innovative and powerful audio-visual tool to create awareness, share knowledge and promote local solutions on management of the sister lakes of Tonle Sap and Songkhla," said MRC's Director of Planning Division Mr. An Pich Hatda.

It will inspire thought and action from local communities and relevant institutions to sustainably manage their water resources, he added.

According to the media release, to kick-off the video exchange initiative, the MRC communication team organised a three-day videography training workshop from Nov. 22-24 Nov in Battambang, Cambodia. This workshop provided around 20 officials from the two governments and community representatives from the two lakes with videography skills, including shooting, storytelling and editing.

The sister-lake project began in 2014 as a joint project between Cambodia and Thailand and is one of the five bilateral projects at the transboundary level under the IWRMP. These bilateral projects are all funded by the World Bank and technically supported by the MRC Secretariat.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press