Nguyen Nhu Hue '08 (Vietnam) and Tatirose Vijitpan '10 (Thailand)

Nguyen Nhu Hue '08 (Vietnam) and Tatirose Vijitpan '10 (Thailand)

After having met in Europe a few years ago, Nguyen Nhu Hue (MESPOM Batch 2) and Tatirose Vijitpan (MESPOM Batch 4) now become colleagues at the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in Vientiane , Lao PDR.

Nguyen Nhu Hue from Viet Nam returned to her home country one year after her graduation, in 2009 and worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Hanoi on its climate change portfolio. Early 2010, she moved to Vientiane, and joined the MRC to be responsible for strategic planning and policy development for the organisation. Stationed within the International Cooperation and Communications Section, she was managing the formulation process of the MRC strategic plan for 2011-2015 and works closely with MRC programmes in the development of new policies and strategies to implement the Strategic Plan.

After graduation in 2010, Tatirose Vijitpan from Thailand also returned home and worked at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia Office, where she used to work before joining MESPOM. Early this year, she moved to the MRC and is now a team member of the Climate Change Adaptation Initiative, under the Environment Division. Her main responsibilities are to overseeing the implementation activities of adaptation planning, capacity building and actions on demonstration projects in the four riparian countries.

Anyone interested in their work or any alumni visiting Vientiane are welcome to contact them at hue.nguyen@mespom.eu and tatirose.vijitpan@mespom.eu.

The Mekong River Commission is an intergovernmental agency set up in 1995 by an agreement between the governments of the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB), namely Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam to promote cooperation on water resources. It serves the member states by supporting decisions and promoting action on wise and integrated management of the Mekong River water and related resources for sustainable development across the LMB.

Mekong River originates from the Tibetan Plateau in China to span six countries with about 60 million people dependent upon the river for their livelihoods in the LMB. Only after the Amazon River Basin that has greater diversity of plant and animal life, but probably the most productive natural fishery in the world, the Mekong River Basin is facing many complex challenges, which will be exacerbated by the impacts of climate change.