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  • 3rd Regional Stakeholder Forum on Basin Development Planning » Mekong River Commission
    Hydropower Publications Publications Reports Basin Reports Management Development Series Technical Paper Series Conference and Workshop Proceedings Governance Annual Reports Financial Reports Minutes of the Meetings Progress and Assessment Agreements Policies Procedures and Guidelines Strategy and Work Programmes Manual and Toolkits Manuals Toolkits Glossaries Publications by Topic Agriculture Irrigation Basin Planning Climate Change Environmental Health Fisheries Flood Drought People River Transport Sustainable Hydropower Newsletters Catch and Culture Transboundary Dialogue News Events News Events Upcoming Events Recent Events Consultations Newsletters Catch and Culture Transboundary Dialogue Speeches Working with MRC Employment Tenders Internship Junior Riparian Professional Highlights Data Portal Home News Events Consultations 3rd Regional Stakeholder Forum on BDP 3rd Regional Stakeholder Forum on Basin Development Planning Vientiane Lao PDR 29th Jul 2010 30th Jul 2010 Held in Vientiane in July 2010 the 3 rd stakeholder forum on the Mekong River Basin Development Plan brought together more than 260 regional stakeholders to discuss matters such as the opportunities and risks posed by mainstream hydropower dams and benefits for sustainable agricultural development The event also provided an understanding of the growing role of existing and emerging river basin organizations in the basin Download Forum Proceedings Media Contact For media inquires email or view the Contact page here About the MRC History Vision Mission Organisational Structure Programmes Upstream Partners Development Partners Partner Organisations The Mekong Basin Physiography Hydrology Climate Natural Resources Stories from the Mekong Working with MRC Employment Tenders Internship Junior Riparian Professional Our Programmes Agriculture and Irrigation Programme Basin Development Plan Programme Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative Drought Management Programme Environment Programme Fisheries Programme Flood Management Mitigation Programme Information Knowledge Management Programme Initiative on Sustainable Hydropower Integrated Capacity Building Programme Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project Navigation Programme Publications Reports Basin Reports Management Development Series Technical Paper Series Conference and Workshop Proceedings Governance

    Original URL path: http://mrcmekong.mrcdev.info/news-and-events/consultations/3rd-regional-stakeholder-forum-on-basin-development-planning/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Mekong Environment and Climate Symposium 2010 » Mekong River Commission
    Management Vietnam Environment Administration Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment 15 40 16 00 Wetlands governance in the Mekong Basin Challenges recent progress and the way forward Mr Robert Mather Head of Country Group 1 IUCN Asia Programme Lao PDR 16 00 17 00 Discussion Moderator Vitoon Viriyasakultorn Parallel Thematic Session 2 Grand Ballroom 2 Environmental knowledge sharing for the Mekong River Chair Dr Lisa Schipper SEI 13 30 13 50 Multidisciplinary approach of information system for integrated water resources management and biodiversity data gathering Mr Florian Moder and Mr Kai Wiegler GTZ 13 50 14 10 Transformation of modern scientific knowledge to local communities to facilitate public participation in decision making Dr Bach Tan Sinh Director Ministry of Science and Technology Vietnam 14 10 14 30 Achievements and challenges of public participation for environmental protection Mr Tek Vannara CEPA Cambodia 14 30 14 50 Development strategies for dissemination of official statistics towards climate change Dr Samaychanh Boupha Director General Department of Statistics Ministry of Planning and Investment Lao PDR 14 50 15 20 Coffee break 15 20 15 30 Short statement by Mr Hans Guttman Wetland Alliance 15 30 15 40 Short statement by Ms Nguyen Thi Yen NGO Climate Change Working Group Viet Nam 15 40 17 00 Panel discussion Moderator Trine GlueDoan Day 2 27 April 2010 Thematic Session 3 Grand Ballroom 1 Bridging environmental policy decision makers and stakeholders on Mekong environmental protection and conservation plans of action Chair Dr Bach Tan Sinh Viet Nam 8 30 8 50 EIA regulation and lessons learned and experience of success and failure of EIA application of development projects in Lao PDR Ms Phakkavanh PHISSAMAY Assistant to Director General of ESIA Department Director of Planning and Finance Division WREA Lao PDR 8 50 9 10 EIA SEA and TbEIA application in Thailand Ms Indhira Euamonlachat Director of Water Resources and Agriculture Section Environmental Impact Assessment Bureau Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning Thailand 9 10 9 30 EIA and SEA experiences in Viet Nam Mr Pham Anh Dung MONRE Viet Nam 9 30 9 50 SEA for North South Economic Corridor Mr Sumit Pokhrel GMS Environment Operations Center 9 50 10 20 Coffee break 9 50 10 20 Side event Using Biosphere Reserves as Learning Laboratories for Sustainable Development Dr Nguyen Hoang Tri Director Center for Environmental Research and Education Hanoi National University of Education 10 20 10 40 Third party monitoring of Northern Economic corridor road project Ms Latsamay Sylivong Country Representative IUCN Lao PDR 10 40 11 00 Case studies on addressing transboundary environmental impacts related to water resources under the Espoo Convention Ms Sandra Ruza Expert Adviser Secretariat to Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context Espoo 1991 11 00 12 00 Discussion Moderator Trine GlueDoan Thematic Session 4 Grand Ballroom 2 Preparedness and Adaptive Capacity to the Mekong Environmental Changes and Climate Risks Chair Dr Vithet Srinetr MRCS 8 30 8 50 Best practice for climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation

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  • Living on the edge of the rising sea » Mekong River Commission
    Huong 75 who is among a number of people in Binh Giang village whose compounds are located outside the safe zone and who have few options to live elsewhere Many years ago they planted mangroves as natural protection against the saltwater Now the sea comes closer and has claimed the mangroves first and then the eucalyptuses Now they are all gone said Mr Huong Beach front residents here said they lost some of their farms to the accumulated 100 metre sea intrusion Threatened by the rising tide locals have invented home grown strategies to cope with what they fear that the worst is yet to come Danh Hau a 33 year old shrimp farmer who had lost half of his land and shrimp to the insatiable sea decided to build two tier dykes around fish and shrimp compounds located next to his one storey house where he lives with his wife and child Danh Hau a shrimp farmer has lost half of his land and shrimp to the rising sea level in Viet Nam s Mekong Delta I have to make this secondary dyke because I am afraid that the waves will come back and break the first dyke he said adding that he was not sure whether this method would work out in the long run Dykes and mangrove forests give shelter for now But Mr Huong and his neighbours said they live with uncertainty fearing that they will soon be defeated by higher tides We have some solutions but the sea now is more powerful than before he said In the past during the high tide season the sea water was much lower Now the sea is higher and higher Home to more than 17 million people the low lying Mekong Delta Viet Nam s rice bowl is one of the world s most vulnerable areas to rising sea levels caused by climate change Kien Tran Mai a climate change specialist at the Mekong River Commission points out that without effective solutions the sea level would increase by 0 8 to one metre by 2100 in which up to 38 of the Mekong Delta could end up under water As a result around 30 of the population will be affected and many will be forced to migrate to other areas he said These predictions are quite conservative and moderate with a certain extent of uncertainty Other forecasts afford much worse scenarios he said The Mekong River Commission MRC is currently working with international and regional experts national and local authorities affected communities and other partner organisations in the Lower Mekong Basin to gather lessons learnt and local wisdom how people manage to deal with more storms floods and higher sea levels This will enable all parties to consider applying such practical knowledge in their towns and villages Ky Quang Vinh a climate change specialist of Can Tho City s Department of Natural Resources and Environment DONRE and a researcher at Can Tho University is among academics who share

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  • Transboundary EIA » Mekong River Commission
    Programme Transboundary EIA Transboundary EIA Proposed hydropower development projects along the Mekong River entail significant transboundary impacts that will be felt by all countries in the Mekong Basin According to the 1995 Mekong Agreement Mekong River Commission MRC Member Countries are required to hold notification prior consultations or agreement in order to discuss transboundary impacts Mekong development may have on neighboring countries before any commitment is made to proceed Through a range of pilot studies and facilitation programmes the MRC is continuously working to strengthen national capacities for regional environmental management transboundary environmental impact assessments and environmental conflict management A Framework for Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment TbEIA has been developed by MRC to supplement existing cooperation as per the Procedures for Notification Prior Consultation and Agreement PNPCA A specific focus of this activity is to better understand conflict resolution in transboundary environmental matters and environmental considerations for sustainable hydropower development Taking into consideration potential transboundary impacts of some pilot sites Member Countries are learning how to deal with the issues through dialogue exchange of information and capacity building The experiences and procedures from the pilot projects are expected to improve the draft Framework for TbEIA for the Member States The Strategic Environmental Assessment SEA of the 12 Hydropower Projects on the Mainstream Mekong presents transboundary impacts of the proposed mainstream development projects in the Lower Mekong Basin in the context of a growing number of Lower Mekong tributary hydropower projects and storage dams on the Lancang Mekong River in China The SEA s transboundary approach offers regional perspectives valuable to the PNPCA process which is first being carried out for the proposed Xayaboury dam in the Upper Mekong River in China Related Publications Basin Development Strategy 2016 2020 Strategic Plan 2016 2020 browse all The Lower Mekong Basin Report Card

    Original URL path: http://mrcmekong.mrcdev.info/about-mrc/programmes/environment-programme/transboundary-eia/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Strategic Environmental Assessment of Mainstream Dams » Mekong River Commission
    SEA therefore addresses the broader strategic issues within the mainstream development proposals The SEA also provides recommendations on how the proposed projects should be best pursued by Member Countries in relation to regional distribution of costs and benefits with respect to economic development social equity and environmental protection among affected stakeholders The SEA Results The SEA presents transboundary impacts of the proposed mainstream hydropower development projects in the LMB in the context of the growing number of LMB tributary hydropower projects and storage dams on the Lancang Mekong River in China It presents the opportunities and risks associated with the proposed projects while calling for the assurance of equitable development benefits at the national and local levels The SEA examined four strategic options that range from a 10 year deferral for mainstream hydropower development to pursuing a market driven development The SEA consultant team specifically recommends a 10 year deferral for mainstream hydropower development The SEA consultants advise that due to the uncertainties regarding the scale and irreversibility of risks in such a complex river system that decisions on mainstream dams should be deferred for a period of up to ten years with reviews made every three years to ensure that the necessary conditions to strengthen understanding of the natural systems as well as management and regulatory processes are conducted effectively The recommendations of the SEA consultant s team are being carefully reviewed by MRC member countries in particular in relation to the formal process of prior consultation on individual mainstream dams required under MRC s procedures Who produced the SEA and what did the SEA process include As with any commissioned study the SEA report is not an official MRC approved document The SEA was produced by a team of consultants and therefore does not necessarily represent the MRC s views conclusions or recommendations There was a comprehensive stakeholder participation process coordinated and funded through the MRC s Initiative on Sustainable Hydropower ISH a cross cutting activity working together with all MRC programmes While conducting the SEA the SEA consultant team engaged with government agencies civil society private sector developers and development partners at both national levels in each of the LMB countries and regionally in its four phases i scoping ii baseline assessment iii opportunities and risks assessment and iv avoidance enhancement and mitigation assessment Each phase included the preparation and circulation of a set of reports as the basis for consultation and feedback The SEA analysis made use of several years of MRC programme work especially the work on scenario assessments by the Basin Development Plan Programme by the modeling team in the Information and Knowledge Management Programme and the data and studies of the Environment Fisheries and Navigation Programmes Stakeholders submissions to the MRC regarding hydropower The MRC has received a large number of submissions from members of the public civil society and other private organizations A selection of these can be viewed here A number of other submissions indicating individual preferences for or against dam

    Original URL path: http://mrcmekong.mrcdev.info/about-mrc/programmes/initiative-on-sustainable-hydropower/strategic-environmental-assessment-of-mainstream-dams/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Development of guidelines on the multi-purpose evaluation of hydropower Project (ISH02) » Mekong River Commission
    with MRC Employment Tenders Internship Junior Riparian Professional Highlights Data Portal Home About MRC Programmes Initiative on Sustainable Hydropower Development of guidelines on the multi purpose evaluation of hydropower Project ISH02 Development of guidelines on the multi purpose evaluation of hydropower Project ISH02 Introduction The MRC s Initiative for Sustainable Hydropower ISH seeks to propose sustainable hydropower considerations which can be integrated into the planning and regulatory frameworks of member countries The purpose and need for the Guidelines for the Evaluation of Hydropower and Multi Purpose Project Portfolios The Guidelines developed under the ISH02 Project can be summarized as Current ways of planning hydropower schemes need to adequately take into account their wider social economic and environmental implications The key to integration of all costs and benefits into the national strategic planning approach is to identify credible values for these costs and benefits and then to internalise them into the normal economic analysis used to compare hydropower and multi purpose options Multi purpose uses of dams need to be considered at the outset of project and basin planning ISH02 Implementation The Guidelines implementation follows a logical step by step approach starting with procedures for identifying the problem collecting the necessary data carrying out analysis involving stakeholders through a consultative process using a spreadsheet model and documenting the decision process ISH02 Resources Flyer Guidelines for the evaluation of Hydropower and Multi purpose project portfolios Final Annex 1 Economics Practice Guide Annex 2 Guidance on non monetized social and environmental indicators HAnnex 3 Hydropower planning support tool User Manual Related Publications Basin Development Strategy 2016 2020 Strategic Plan 2016 2020 browse all Development of Guidelines for Hydropower Environmental Impact Mitigation and Risk Management in the Lower Mekong Mainstream and Tributaries About the MRC History Vision Mission Organisational Structure Programmes Upstream Partners Development

    Original URL path: http://mrcmekong.mrcdev.info/about-mrc/programmes/initiative-on-sustainable-hydropower/development-of-guidelines-on-the-multi-purpose-evaluation-of-hydropower-project-ish02/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Improved Environmental & Socio-Economic Baseline Information for Hydropower Planning (ISH11) » Mekong River Commission
    About MRC Programmes Initiative on Sustainable Hydropower Improved Environmental Socio Economic Baseline Information for Hydropower Planning ISH11 Improved Environmental Socio Economic Baseline Information for Hydropower Planning ISH11 Introduction The MRC ISH11 study Improved Environmental and Socio Economic Baseline Information for Hydropower Planning commenced in November 2012 and addresses a fundamental aspect of the MRCS Basin Development Strategic Priority 3 to Improve the Sustainability of Hydropower Development Good information underpins all aspects of hydropower development and management and is vital to maximise opportunities and reduce risks across economic social and environmental dimensions for all stakeholders ISH11 Implementation The ISH11 study was carried out by a multi disciplinary team of experts to review existing monitoring and information management systems at the MRC to assess how well they provide information to Member Countries for hydropower planning and management information needs At this stage of the study the team has reviewed information needs relevant to hydropower planning and management based on Mekong specific issues and experiences elsewhere established a Guiding Framework for hydropower information needs relevant to the MRC completed a review of existing and presently collected information for the Mekong identified gaps and opportunities with respect to the Guiding Framework and proposed improvements to address key gaps ISH11 Project Approach REVIEW AND EVALUATE how well present information collected provides essential basin wide hydropower information planning and management needs RECOMMEND IMPROVEMENTS TEST feasibility and value of recommended improvements RECOMMEND IMPLEMENTATION of the most feasible and high value improvements for long term and basin wide ISH11 Resources Flyer Guiding considerations on transboundary monitoring for LMB hydropower planning and management Phase 2 Report and Annexes Related Publications Basin Development Strategy 2016 2020 Strategic Plan 2016 2020 browse all Development of Guidelines for Hydropower Environmental Impact Mitigation and Risk Management in the Lower Mekong Mainstream and Tributaries

    Original URL path: http://mrcmekong.mrcdev.info/about-mrc/programmes/initiative-on-sustainable-hydropower/improved-environmental-and-socio-economic-baseline-information-for-hydropower-planning-ish11/ (2016-05-01)
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  • RSAT Overview: The Basin-wide Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tool » Mekong River Commission
    Tool RSAT Overview The Basin wide Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tool The RSAT was developed to assess hydropower in a basin wide context based on IWRM principles RSAT has been under development since 2010 A series of trials and national and regional consultations have been undertaken in the Lower Mekong region with participation of government industry and civil society groups As at 2014 dialogue and assessment has been facilitated using RSAT in nine Mekong hydropower sub basins and development of the tool is ongoing RSAT as a dialogue and assessment tool The RSAT is a multi stakeholder dialogue and assessment tool designed to consider hydropower sustainability issues in a river basin context Placing hydropower in a basin wide context requires looking beyond individual projects to take a broader integrated approach to planning and management The application of tools such as the RSAT can assist to identify development strategies institutional responses and management measures that can be deployed to optimize the benefits of hydropower development and reduce the risks Training and Awareness RSAT concepts follow accepted international good practice To further develop the capacity of government and private sector professionals in the broad range of RSAT topics a range of training and awareness modules have been prepared by the MRC These include RSAT overview training a general introduction over 2 days Practitioner training An applied course aimed at developing regional competency in the deployment of the RSAT tool Generalist training in RSAT topics covers the RSAT topics grouped by Environmental Socio economic and Technical issues Specialist RSAT Topic training an in depth training for specialists in he particular topics RSAT training modules Related links RSAT Resources RSAT flye r RSAT summary RSAT draft manual version 4 Related Publications Basin Development Strategy 2016 2020 Strategic Plan 2016 2020 browse all Development of Guidelines

    Original URL path: http://mrcmekong.mrcdev.info/about-mrc/programmes/initiative-on-sustainable-hydropower/rsat-overview-the-basin-wide-hydropower-sustainability-assessment-tool/ (2016-05-01)
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