Welcome to
The Mekong School

About Us

Our Philosophy:


- Niwat Roykaew


The Mekong School: Institute of Local Knowledge was established on the 18th and 19th of December, 2015 by the Rak Chiang Khong Group to enhance the work of The Mekong-Lanna Natural Resources and Cultural Conservation Network, and to serve as a platform for follow-up studies on changes caused by development in the Mekong River Basin.

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Announcement to recruit team members

June 24, 2023
Chiang Khong Conservation Group, Mekong School : Institute of Local Knowledge, Announcing 3 positions’s colleagues…

Companion Activity to the Waterkeeper Alliance Asia Regional Summit: Field Visits for Network Building and Exchanging Knowledge.

January 17, 2023
Chiang Khong Conservation Group (CKCG) has been working since 1999 to help protect local water…

From Local to Global: A Discussion on Mekong Transboundary Water Crises.

January 16, 2023
We invite you to attend a public dialogue on today’s challenges and potential solutions of…

The Mekong School opens “Khong Coffee”

September 19, 2022
Our newly opened coffee shop is aiming to create a space to tell the stories…

Message from the Director.

July 12, 2022
At the end of 2015 we launched the Mekong School, or officially, the Mekong School:…

CRITICAL NATURE: Building Positive Peace from the Local Level Up in Northern Thailand

June 8, 2022
PHOTO (C) ANDREW STONE, 2021. Positive Peace is more than a lack of war. Positive…




Thung Na Noi Primary School Students Learn About Water testing

February 25, 2023
On the afternoon of February 23rd, 2023, 90 students of Thung Na Noi Primary School,…

Activity: Mekong School Digital Library Testing

February 24, 2023
Chiang Khong Conservation Group, and the Mekong School Institute of Local Knowledge, under the support…

Chiang Rai Mekong Youth “Project-Based Learning” Showcase

November 5, 2022
On the 26th of October, secondary school student participants from four schools in our working…

Activities – Week of August 28th, 2022

September 5, 2022
On Thursday, September 1st, Chiang Khong Conservation Group (CKCG) held an “Elders’ Storytelling and Children…

Mekong Nature Camp Activity

August 8, 2022
On July 28-29th, 2022, the ChiangKhong Conservation Group and Mekong School: Institute of Local Knowledge…

Mekong Dam Monitor Activity #2

August 4, 2022
The second Mekong Dam Monitor event was held on March 9-10, 2022 at the Healing…

Digital Library

The online library development activities were initiated with the main objective of creating a data collection center for all knowledge and research documents relating to the Chiang Khong Conservation Group on a digital platform. The project aims to support the design, structure, and development of the library to be more viable. Our data has been stored fragmented in many places as a printed media document, which hinders access and searchability. As a result, this online library is designed to create a more convenient and easy storage facility for accessing information.

Data Portal


We work with communities and youth networks along the Mekong River in Chiang Rai Province and other Northeastern Provinces of Thailand to build a network of citizen scientists dedicated to monitoring and protecting the Mekong River. These citizen scientists test water quality in the Mekong river and tributaries and use our mobile application to help us produce a database of water quality indices as well as qualitative observations and local knowledge.