An International Meeting On Land Cover/Land Use Changes and Water Energy Food (WEF) Nexus in Southeast Asia, National University of Laos, Vientiane, LAOS, August 11-17th, 2018

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Meeting Location: 
Vientiane, Laos
Meeting date: 
08/11/2018 to 08/17/2018

Regional Supporting Organizations

National University of Laos, National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, Laos; Mekong River Commission; Khon Kaen University–Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom University, Thailand; King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Mae Fah Laung University

International Supporting Organizations

Future Earth in Asia, Japan; Future Earth NEXUS KAN; Global Land Program; Khon Kaen University – Nong Khai, Thailand; Mekong Regional Information Network; Mekong River Commissions, Laos; Michigan State University, USA; Monsoon Asia Regional Integrated Studies for Sustainability; Nakhon Phanom University, Thailand; Nanjing Agricultural University, China; NASA Land Use and Land Cover Change Program, USA; South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative; START, Washington D.C; GOFC-GOLD Program; 

Dates and Events 

August 11-12 - Field trip (Invited participants only)

August 13-15 - Regional Science Meeting

August 15 (afternoon) - 17th (evening)  - Regional Workshops and Training

Meeting Objectives

Increasing land use/cover changes and human development combined with climate variability are imposing significant threats to water, energy and food security in Asia and around the globe. Competition for water resources, hydropower, irrigated agriculture and fisheries in the Mekong River Basin presents a major challenge in sustainable development in the basin.  There have been research efforts by international communities to address these issues and some progress has been made in better understanding of the dynamic interactions among water resources, food security and energy production and consumption. However, challenges remain and are even mounting, resulting from increased climate extremes and large-scale human developments such as urbanization, dam construction and agricultural intensification. The purpose of this meeting is to bring international experts and stakeholders from a variety of agencies and institutions in the US and other countries to share and exchange their ideas, methods, technologies and knowledge to address these emerging water-energy-food issues in the region. The goal is to develop a better knowledge and solutions to synergistically manage water resources for all sectors, communities and ecosystems. 

Meeting Venue

Vientiane Plaza Hotel, Sailom Road, Hatsady Neua Village, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Vientiane, 0100, Laos

Meeting Registration

Main Scientific Organizer

  • Dr. Jiaguo Qi, Michigan State University, USA

International Steering Committee

  • Dr. Garik Gutman, NASA LCLUC Program Manager, USA
  • Dr. Krishna Prasad Vadrevu, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, USA
  • Dr. Charlie Navanugraha, Nakhon Phanom University, Thailand
  • Dr. Sura Pattanikiat, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Dr. Steven Pueppke, Michigan State University, USA
  • Dr. Mike Manton, MAIRS-FE,
  • Dr. William McConnell, GLP-North America Nodal Office, USA
  • Dr. Tong Zhu, MAIRS-FE, Peking University, China
  • Dr. Yan Zhu, Nanjing Agricultural University, China
  • Dr. Aiko Endo, Research Institute of Nature and Humanity, Japan
  • Dr. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Houngphet CHANHTHAVONG, National University of Laos, Laos
  • Prof. Deliang Chen, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Prof. Junguo Liu, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Local Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Chittana Phompila, National University of Laos, PDR LAO
  • Dr. Charlie Navanugraha, Nakhon Phanom University, Thailand
  • Dr. Chayada Surawanitkun, Khon Kaen University – NK, Thailand
  • Dr. Puvadol Doydee, Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • Dr. Nongram Muanrith, Khon Kaen University – Nong Khai, Thailand
  • Dr. Sanchai Juturasitha, Chaingmai University, Thailand
  • Dr. Kamolchanok Rukseree, Mahidol University, Amnat Charoen Campus, Thailand
  • Dr. Apisom Intralawan, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand


  • NASA Land Use and Land Cover Change Program
  • NAU-MSU Asia Hub Initiative
  • Monsoon Asia Regional Integrated Studies for Sustainability (MAIRS)
  • Global Land Project (GLP)
  • Mekong Regional Information Network (MekongRIN)
  • Mekong River Commissions (MRC)
  • National University of Laos
  • South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative (SARI)
  • GOFC-GOLD Program
  • Michigan State University
  • Nakhon Phanom University
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Southern University of Science and Technology, China

Meeting Themes

  • Agricultural Science, Technologies and Food Security
  • Biofuel, Hydropower and Energy security
  • Climate, Hydrological and Ecological Processes and Impacts
  • Land Use, Land Cover and Dam Management
  • Remote Sensing and Geospatial Information and Technologies for Resource Management
  • Social Impacts and Responses
  • WEF Nexus: Framework, Methods, Applications and Challenges



Vientiane Airport (Wattay):
The airport is 5.5km from the Vientiane Plaza Hotel and about 15 minutes by taxi.


There are many hotels around the conference site, most of them are within walking distance.

Vientiane Plaza Hotel (meeting venue)

Laos Plaza Hotel

Settha Palace Hotel (

Xaysomboun Boutique Hotel

Family Boutique Hotel

Draft Agenda

Draft Agenda (more detailed agenda Click Here - Vientiane meeting agenda - near final 3 (004).docx)

Pre-Meeting LCLUC Educational Field trip (Invited Participants Only):

August 11 – 12 Pre-meeting field trip: An opportunity for international participants to better understand the regional landscape, land use, environmental and social issues, including hydropower dams, agriculture, wetlands, forest and urban development. There is a possibility for organizing in Xayaburi dam and Phou Khao Khouay National Bio-Diversity Conservation Area, in Bolikhamxay province.

  • 8/11: Bus departs at 8am and returns around 8pm with lunch and dinner included in the trip
  • 8/12: Bus departs at 8am and returns at noon, with afternoon free.

August 12 – Meeting registration and evening reception

August 13: Regional Science Meeting:

August 14: Regional Science Meeting

August 15: ½ day Regional Science Meeting + ½ day Training

August 16: Workshops and Training

August 17: Workshops and Training