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ASEAN Water Platform 2020, Chiang Mai, Thailand, December 2020

The first goal of the Annual ASEAN Water Platform (AWP) is to build capacity in research into water natural resource management (WNRM) within the partner countries’ institutions, by means of gathering researchers from different backgrounds for multidisciplinary methodological approaches related to the analysis of WNRM sector.

The second objective is to disseminate knowledge on WNRM and enhance collaboration between the participants. The platform must be able to increase the research collaboration between participants and to set the basis future long-term partnership between the representatives of different institutions in EU and in ASEAN. Then, the institutions partners must be able to set up and run projects on a bigger international scale.

In order to achieve those goals, AWP relies on the following working principles:

  • Transfer of methodological tools;
  • Multidisciplinary approaches (social sciences, sciences);
  • Good balance between theories and practical work;
  • Interactivity among participants;
  • Disseminate knowledge;
  • Build a collaborative network (academic and non-academic);
  • Intercultural exchanges.

This year, CMU will host the final AWP which will last for 14 days in December 2020. The training will gather more than 100 participants from different countries and backgrounds. AWP is the only training within Wanasea project that is open to participants from outside the consortium, mainly from Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, thanks to co-funding sources from AUF, IRD, AFD and University of Nantes.

This year, besides Plenary Sessions and workshops as the last 2 years, participants of the AWP 2020 will also have the opportunity to join new activities that will enrich their knowledge in different areas: Restitution of the Research Program on Inequalities and Environmental Changes Nexus in the Mekong River Basin (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar); one day preparation for each workshop proposed; a special half-day session at the regional Centre of EFEO in Chiang Mai; a visit of Chiang Mai city led by environmental NGOs; trainee presentations on their research papers in open sessions supported by junior and seniors experts; a research communication workshop led by French Institute of Research for Development (IRD).

In order to prepare for the AWP 2020 in December, the project team had worked together in February 2020 in Chiang Mai discussing logistic and academic issues.


The AWP 2020 consists of different plenary sessions and four thematic workshops including:

  • Workshop 1: Urban workshop – City and Water in South-East Asia. To understand the relationship Water / City in South-East Asia cities. 
  • Workshop 2: Modeling and simulation of water basin integrated management. 
  • Workshop 3: Field Research – Qualitative Methodologies in Social Science: “Integrated Natural Resource Management in Mae Tha Sub-District (Mae Tha District, Lampang Province, Northern Thailand)”. 
  • Workshop 4: Integrated Management of non-point source of water pollution. 

Each candidate can choose to attend one workshop that fits your desire. Students will then share what they have gained at the end of the training via the Workshops restitution.