Mekong2Rio

International conference on transboundary river basin management

Phuket, Thailand, 1-3 May 2012

 

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Preliminary draft programme (30 January 2012)

 Water feeds, nourishes, moves, powers and heals

The sustainable management of water resources is the key to people’s lives and the development of society. When these resources cross international and regional boundaries, the demand becomes more complex, needing greater cooperation and involving a wider range of actors.

Throughout the world, there are hundreds of transboundary rivers and lakes. Today these resources are under increasing pressure from both environmental and man-made changes including potential uses of different sectors. This is also the case for the Mekong River whose vast transboundary water and related resources underpin multi-billion-dollar economic potential for the development of fisheries, agriculture and forestry, hydropower, navigation and trade. These can also bring about associated risks.

It is therefore even more urgent to address water in an integrated manner taking into account its inter-dependency with other sectors. Inter-governmental River Basin Organisations including the Mekong River Commission (MRC) have played a key role in ensuring that the joint management and development of shared resources will be made in the most sustainable and efficient manner.

First in a series of biennial conferences

Set to be a milestone on the road to Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in 2012, Mekong2Rio is an international gathering of key players aiming to share their expertise in transboundary water resources management. This is the first in a series of biennial conferences of its kind convened by the MRC.

The conference will be a platform for discussion on how existing River Basin Organisations manage and develop shared resources and how to strengthen their institutional frameworks, governing structures and management practices. The event will be an opportunity for them to exchange technical knowledge and address challenges on critical issues including energy, food and water.

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992 was an historic milestone ensuring development is balanced with environmental and social concerns. The Rio+20 conference aims at assessing what has been achieved since then and which gaps need to be filled and what political commitments will be required. Mekong2Rio will add a water dimension to Rio+20, whose themes are centred on a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework needed

Mekong2Rio is a three-day platform for international River Basin Oragnisations, policy makers, leaders, government officials, civil society representatives, non-governmental organisations, academics and development agencies to share their vast experience and knowledge. The MRC will use this opportunity to bridge gaps in knowledge and exchange good practices among the participants.

There will be high-level plenary, parallel technical and dialogue sessions. Specific attention will be paid to the challenges the Mekong and other river basins are facing. The gathering will be a platform to promote an exchange of ideas that will lead to novel approaches, new solutions and the use of up-to-date technology, while protecting the environment and people’s livelihoods. A field trip will be organised for participants on May 4.

Preliminary draft programme (30 January 2012)

1 May 2012
09:00-10:00

Plenary 1: Welcome and setting the stage

  • Welcome by Royal Thai Government
  • Welcome by Mekong River Commission (MRC)
  • Keynote: From Rio to Bonn to Rio+20 – challenges and solutions
  • Keynote: Water, food and energy security in the Mekong Basin 10:00-
10:00-10:30 BREAK
10:30-11:45 Parallel Sessions Block 1: Water, food and energy security - the Mekong basin challenges
1.1 Water and environment challenges 1.2 Food security challenges 1.3 Energy security challenges
a) Development scenarios and planning
b) Environmental and social impacts (MRC)
c) Environmental and social impacts (NGO)
  • Q&A and discussion
a) Regional food security challenges
b) Fish for food security
c) Land acquisition in the Mekong Basin
  • Q&A and discussion
a) Regional energy security
b) Sustainable hydropower development
c) The private sector Equator Principles
  • Q&A and discussion
11:45-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-14:30 Parallel Sessions Block 3: Water, food and energy security - towards solutions in transboundary basins
2.1 Water and environment challenges 2.2 Food security challenges 2.3 Energy security challenges
a) The trans-boundary water challenge
b) Europe: the Danube case
c) China: the Yangtze or Yellow River case
d) Africa: the Congo case
  • Q&A and discussion
a) Food security challenges
b) Africa: the Niger River case
c) Asia: the Ganges-Brahmaputra case
d) Australia: the Murray-Darling case
  • Q&A and discussion
a) Global energy security challenges
b) South America: the Itaipu case
c) North America: the Columbia case
d) Africa: the Nile case
  • Q&A and discussion
14:30-15:30 Parallel Sessions Block 3: Water, food and energy security - towards solutions in transboundary basins
3.1 Water and environment challenges
  • Facilitated Panel discussion Panelists: MRC riparian countries, MRCS, international/regional organizations, individuals
3.2 Food security challenges
  •  Facilitated Panel discussion Panelists: MRC riparian countries, MRCS, international/regional organizations, individuals
3.3 Energy security challenges
  •  Facilitated Panel discussion Panelists: MRC riparian countries, MRCS, international/regional organizations, individuals
15:30-16:30 Exhibition Session and presentations by MRC Programmes
(BREAK)
16:30-17:30 Plenary 2: Water, food and energy security in transboundary basins - from sector to nexus perspective
  •  Brief reporting back from parallel sessions by Track Rapporteurs
  •  Panel discussion –reflections of sector versus nexus perspective
Panelists: Senior regional and international experts
  •  Discussion and wrap-up
18:00- EVENING EVENT
2 MAY 2012
09:00-10:00 Plenary 3: Water, food and energy security: from a sector to a nexus perspective
  •  Brief summary of Day 1
  •  Keynote: The Green Economy and the water, food and energy nexus
  •  Keynote: Cross-cutting dimensions of the nexus
10:00-10:30 BREAK
10:30-11:45 Parallel Sessions Block 4: The environment, climate and poverty perspectives of the nexus
4.1 Environmental perspectives 4.2 Climate change perspectives 4.3 Poverty perspectives
a) The ESPOO Convention b) Transboundary EIA in the Mekong c) Europe: the Elbe case
  • Q&A and discussion
a) Climate change adaptation in Asia
b) Adapting to climate change in Mekong c) The Southern Africa/Zambezi case
  •  Q&A and discussion
a) Poverty reduction in the Mekong b) Linking poverty and MRC procedures
c) Africa: the Lake Chad case
  •  Q&A and discussion
11:45-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-14:30 Parallel Sessions Block 5: The policy-governance, techno-economic and stakeholder perspectives of the nexus
5.1 Policy-governance perspectives 5.2 Techno-economic perspectives 5.3 Stakeholder involvement
a) The nexus governance challenge
b) The ECE transboundary Convention
c) The MRC Agreement Procedures
d) Asia: the Aral Sea case
  •  Q&A and discussion
a) Economic perspectives of the Nexus
b) South America: the La Plata case
c) North America: the Mississippi case
d) Nexus experience in Africa and SE Asia
  • Q&A and discussion
a) The nexus multi-stakeholder dialogue
b) The role of the private sector
c) South America: the Amazon case
d) Africa: the Nile case
  • Q&A and discussion
14:30-15:30 Exhibition Session and presentations by MRC Programmes BREAK
15:30-17:30 Plenary 4: High-level Panel on the water, food and energy security in transboundary basins: the nexus perspective
  •  Reporting back from parallel sessions by Track Rapporteurs, followed by Q&A
Final Panel Debate:
  •  Brief statements by Panel members
   Panelists: MRCS, international/regional organizations, individuals
  •  Facilitated Panel-audience discussion
  •  Wrap-up of Days 1 and 2
3 MAY 2012
08:30-09:30 Plenary 5
  •  Welcome to Ministers by Royal Thai Government
  •  Welcome to Ministers by MRC
  •  Keynote: From Bonn to Mekong to Rio – the political perspective
  •  Brief summary of Days 1 and 2 and introduction to Panels
09:30-10:30 High-level Closing Panel 1: Sustainable management of transboundary basins across the nexus
Panelists: selected high-level officials from Days 1 and 2
10:30-11:00 BREAK
11:00-12:00 Plenary 6
  •  High-level Closing Panel 2: Bringing together policy, science and stakeholders across the nexus
Panelists: selected Ministers and top-level officials
12:00-12:15
  •  Closing by Royal Thai Government and MRC
12:15 - LUNCH

The programme in pdf is availble in the download box at the top of this page. 

For further inquiries please contact: mekong2rio@mrcmekong.org