8th Mekong Flood Forum

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 26 May 2010 - 27 May 2010

The theme for the forum was 'Flood risk management and mitigation in the Mekong River Basin' and the aims was to raise awareness on the current state of flood risk management and mitigation at the national, regional and community levels in the Mekong River Basin, and to exchange information on the progress, achievements and future outlook with respect to the five components of the Flood Management and Mitigation Programme (FMMP).

These components are:

  1. Establishing a Regional Flood Management and Mitigation Centre;
  2. Structural measures and flood proofing;
  3. Enhancing cooperation in addressing trans-boundary flood and related issues;
  4. Flood emergency management strengthening; and
  5. Land management

This year's forum theme reflected the need for flood risk management and mitigation in the Mekong River Basin. Stakeholders from the MRC Member Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam), Dialogue Partners (China and Myanmar), donor agencies, MRC Programmes, scientists from the Mekong River Basin and the international community, international and national civil society organisations, and local communities joined the forum.

Under the umbrella of the main theme there were five topics:

Topic I: Community focused approach to flood risk management and mitigation

Topic II: Flood forecasting and flash flood guidance

Topic III: Structural measures and flood proofing

Topic IV: Trans-boundary cooperation for managing floods and related issues

Topic V: Land use and climate change impacts on flood management

The Proceedings of the 8th Annual Mekong Flood Forum and previous flood forums are available here

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