To manage the growing pressures facing the Greater Mekong region’s natural capital and ecosystems, we are focusing our conservation efforts at a much larger scale--landscapes.

WWF-Greater Mekong has identified 8 priority landscapes that cover approximately 245,000 km2 (or 11% of the area of the Greater Mekong Subregion) (see map below).

These large areas support many of the rarest and most distinctive species in the region, including Southeast Asia’s largest populations of tigerelephant, and saola.

Additionally, we coordinate closely with WWF-China to ensure effective protection of the headwaters of the Mekong—high on the Tibetan Plateau.

Approximately 28% of these focal landscapes is under formal protection. WWF works through partners to extend this landscape approach to other critical conservation areas in the Greater Mekong region.


  1. Dawna Tenasserim Landscape (DTL) – KKTE: Thailand/Myanmar
  2. Eastern Plains Landscape (EPL) – DF/MR: Cambodia/Vietnam
  3. Southern Laos / Central Vietnam Landscape (SLCVL) (DF/GA/MR: Laos/Vietnam)
  4. Southern Annamites Landscape (SAL) ** (GA – Vietnam)
  5. Mekong Source Area (MSA) (China)
  6. Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom, Bolikhamsay, Khammeun (NNBK) (Thailand/Laos)
  7. Siphandone, Stung Treng, Kratie section (SSK) (Cambodia/Laos)
  8. Mekong River Delta (MRD) (Vietnam)
Other priority areas
  1. Nam Pouy (Elephant recovery)
  2. Khao Yai/Thap Lan Complex (Tiger recovery)