Panel of Experts on the Basin Development Plan Phase 2

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 17th Aug 2010 - 8th Oct 2010

According to the Stakeholder Participation Plan and Communication Plan for Basin Planning in the Lower Mekong Basin (SPCP) of the MRC Basin Development Plan Programme Phase 2 (BDP2), a Panel of Experts (POE) comprising international and regional experts was formed to provide a quality assessment of the main BDP2 outputs.

These outputs are:

  • The IWRM-based Basin Development Plan, including approach to basin development planning, basin-wide development scenario assessment, the IWRM-based Basin Development Strategy
  • Elements of transparency and participation of the BDP planning process.

The Terms of Reference for the POE has been developed in consultation with Member Countries. The Regional POE carried out its first mission in May 2010, followed by the first joint mission in June 2010. The following interim findings of the POE are provided in three brief reports and one presentation drafted and developed by each of the POE Regional and International Teams. Please find the report links below for your download and information.

  1. Presentation: Key Interim Findings of POE Mission by both International and Regional POE
  2. Note on the “Development Space” from a perspective of Sustainable Development: Working draft for discussion by International POE
  3. Note on emerging challenges of the MRC Secretariat: Working draft for discussion by International POE
  4. Detailed review by Regional POE: Initial note from May mission and updated findings in June)

The second joint mission of the International and Regional POE Members was carried out from 28 September through 8 October 2010. The mission resulted in separate reports by the International and Regional POE Members. Please find the report links below for your download and information.

  1. A Strategic Review of the Basin Development Plan (Report of the International Team of the POE), and supporting documents
  2. Review by regional members of the Panel of Experts (POE) of the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) Basin Development Plan Programme Phase 2 (M-POWER Report).

Note: The Regional POE comprises Dr. Sokhem Pech, Hatfield Manager/M-POWER Co-Chair; Dr. Manida Unkulvasapaul, Independent Consultant, retired World Bank Senior Environmental Specialist; Mr. Dipak Gyawali; Independent Consultant, former Nepal Water Resources Minister, M-POWER Advisor; and Ms. Kate Lazarus, Coordinator, M-POWER and CPWF-Mekong Multi-stakeholder Platforms. Mr. To Phuc Tuong, Sr. Scientist of IRRI will join the next mission.

The International POE team comprises Mr. Don Blackmore, River Basin Management Expert, former CEO of the Murrey Darling Basin; Mr. David Grey, professor of Water and Former Sr. Water Manager and Advisor of the World Bank; Mr. Mark Halle, Executive Director of International Institutes for Sustainable Development, former Director for Global Policy and Partnership and Organisation Development of IUCN

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