Civil Society and Water Governance in Northern Thailand: Local NGOs and Management of Mekong’s Tributaries in Chiang Rai

  • Siriporn WajjwalkuEmail author


This chapter focuses on two cases of people’s organizations in water governance in Northern Thailand and aims to reveal the role of civil society as a stakeholder in water management, including water allocation and flood prevention of the Mekong’s tributaries in Chiang Rai. This chapter clarifies the interaction and coordination between local NGOs and government authorities, focusing on participatory opportunities and negotiation capacity. Through the two case studies of the People’s Council of Ing River and water allocation and the Association of Chiang Saen Livable City and Kok River Basin Ecology Group and flood prevention by telemetry and early warning systems, this chapter argues the limitations of local NGOs’ participation and their negotiation with government authorities in interactive, cooperative way of water governance.


Water governance Water resource management Civil society Local community Local NGOs Decentralization Participation International river Mekong River Mekong’s tributaries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Political ScienceThammasat UniversityBangkokThailand

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