Mekong2Rio - Presentations

Phuket, Thailand, 1st May 2012 - 3rd May 2012

 

A conference booklet and  Mekong2Rio message are available for download from the links below.

Presentations and keynotes can also be downloaded as listed in the table below

Conference Booklet

Mekong2Rio Message

 

Programme 

1 May 2012
08:30-09:45

Plenary 1: Welcome and setting the stage

Conference Facilitator: Prof. Torkil Jønch Clausen

  • Welcome by Royal Thai Government: HE Mr. Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Thai Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Keynote: From Rio to Bonn to Rio+20 – challenges and solutions: Dr. Fritz Holzwarth, German Water Director, Co-convener of Bonn Nexus Conference
  • Keynote: Water, food and energy security in the Mekong Basin: Mr. Hans Guttman, CEO of Mekong River Commission Secretariat
  • Announcement of Parallel Sessions and modalities of work, by Conference Facilitator
09:45-10:15 BREAK
10:15-10:35 Parallel Session Keynotes
Water and environment challenges

Session Chairperson: Mr. Collins Ihekire, Executive Secretary, Niger Basin Authority

Session facilitator: Mr. Kurt Mørck Jensen

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mark Smith, Global Water Coordinator
 

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Food security challenges

Session Chairperson: Mr. Khalid Mohtadullah, GWP Senior Adviser, Pakistan

Session facilitator: Prof. Aaron Wolf

 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Colin Chartres, Director-General

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Energy security challenges

Session Chairperson: H.E. Mr. Viraphonh Viravong, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Lao PDR

Session facilitator: Mr. Jeremy Bird

 

Keynote Speaker

Ms. Gauri Singh, Director

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

 

10:35-12:00 Parallel Sessions 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) Basin development planning process
H.E. Mr Watt Botkosal, Deputy Secretary General
Cambodian National Mekong Committee (CNMC)
b) Ecosystem Service Implications for Sustainable River Flow Management
 Associate Professor Chaiyuth Sukhsri,
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Thai National Mekong Committee (TNMC)

c) Environmental and social impacts:
- Mr. Robert Speed, Water Security Advisor
WWF Greater Mekong
d)
Asia: the Ganges case
- Mr. Ajay Raghav, Deputy Director of the National River Conservation Directorate Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
National Ganga River Basin Authority

  • Q&A and discussion

a) Regional food security challenges
- Dr. Peter McCornick, Assistant Director General International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

 b) Fish for food security in the Mekong Basin
 -  Mr. Nguyen Van Bang,
National Coordinator for Fisheries Programme
Viet Nam Mekong Committee (VNMC)

c) Food security in the Mekong Basin 
 Mr. Prasong Jantakad, Programme Coordinator
Agriculture and Irrigation Programme
MRC Secretariat

d) Challenges in managing hydropower development projects and livelihoods relations in the Lower Mekong Basin
Ms. Rutmanee Ongsakul, Senior Researcher
Challenge Programme for Water and Food (CPWF)

  • Q&A and discussion

a) Regional energy security
-  Mr. Anthony Jude, Director, Energy Division, Southeast Asia Regional Department Asian Development Bank (ADB)

 b) Sustainable hydropower development
 Mr. Voradeth Phonekeo, Task Leader Initiative on Sustainable Development MRC Secretariat

 c) Future Energy Perspectives for the Mekong Region
- Dr. John Ward, Senior Research
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

d) The role of the private sector
Mr. Robert Kay, Executive Vice President GMS Power

  • Q&A and discussion
12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-14:30 Parallel Sessions 2: Water, food and energy security - international transboundary basin challenges
2.1 Water and environment challenges

Session Chairperson: Associate Prof. Dr. Kampanad Bhaktikul, Mahidol University Thailand

Session facilitator: Mr. Kurt Mørck Jensen


2.2 Food security challenges

 Session Chairperson:H.E. Mr Navuth Te, Secretary General, Cambodian National Mekong Committee

Session facilitator: Prof. Aaron Wolf

2.3 Energy security challenges

Session Chairperson: Dr. Daovong Phonekeo, Director General of Energy Policy and Planning, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Lao PDR

Session facilitator: Mr. Jeremy Bird

a) The trans-boundary water challenge

- Dr. Anton Earle, Director, Capacity Building Programmes

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

b) Europe: the Danube case

- Mr. Wolfgang Stalzer, President International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

c) China: the Yellow River case

- Ms. Sun Feng, Deputy Director General 

Yellow River Conservancy Commission

Ministry of Water Resources, China

d) Africa: the Congo case 

- Mr. Simon Sakibede, General Secretary International Commission for Congo-Ubangi-Sangha Basin Congo (CICOS)

 

  • Q&A and discussion

a) Africa: the Niger River case
- Mr. Collins R.U. Ihekire, Executive Secretary
Niger Basin Authority

 b) Asia: the Indus case 
- Mr. Sadar Muhammad Tariq, Regional Chair, Global Water Partnership - South Asia and Indus Basin ‘Track 2’ Process
c) Land acquisition: how will they impact transboundary waters?
 -  Dr. Anders Jägerskog, Director Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

  • Q&A and discussion

a) South America: the La Plata/Itaipu case

- Dr. Nelton Friedrich, Environment Director Itaipu Binacional

 b) North America: the Columbia case


- Mr. John Shurts, General Counsel Northwest Power and Conservation Council

 c) The Nile Basin Initiative’s role in facing energy security challenges in the Nile Basin
- Dr. Wael Khairy, Executive Director
The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)

d) Difficulties and opportunities in navigating the nexus in Southern Africa and Southeast Asia
Mr. Gavin Quibell, Chief Technical Advisor, M-IWRMP and Mr. Simon Krohn, Chief Technical Advisor, ISH 
MRC Secretariat

  • Q&A and discussion
14:30-15:30 Parallel Sessions 3: Water, food and energy security - towards solutions in transboundary basins

3.1 Water and environment challenges 

Facilitated Panel discussion
Session facilitator: Mr. Kurt Mørck Jensen 

 Panelists:
Ms. Neera Shrestha Pardhan, ICIMOD
- Ms. Pianporn Deetes, International Rivers
- Prof. Philip Hirsh, Sidney Mekong Centre
- Dr. Thomas Chiramba, UNEP Nairobi
- Mr. Henrik Larsen, MRCS

3.2 Food security challenges 

Facilitated Panel discussion 
Session facilitator: Prof. Aaron Wolf

Panelists: 
- Dr. Olivier Cogels, SDC
- Dr. Peter McCornick, IWMI
- Dr. Sonali Senaratna Sellamuttu, IWMI
- Mr. Peter Degen, MRCS
- Dr. Ajay Pradhan, DHI

3.3 Energy security challenges 

Facilitated Panel discussion 
Session facilitator: Mr. Jeremy Bird

Panelists: 
- Ms. Gauri Singh, IRENA
- Mr. James Ligh, Mississippi RC
- Mr. Robert Speed, WWF Greater Mekong
- Dr. Wael Khairy, Nile Basin Initiative
- Mr. Simon Krohn, MRCS

15:30-16:30 Exhibition Session and presentations by MRC Programmes

16:30-18:00

Plenary 2: Water, food and energy security in transboundary basins - from sector to nexus perspective

 

Plenary Chairperson: Dr. Truong Hong Tien, Vietnam National Mekong Committee
Conference facilitator: Prof. Torkil Jønch Clausen

  •  Brief reporting back from parallel sessions by Session Facilitators
  •  Panel discussion – reflections of sector versus nexus perspective
    Panelists:
    Ms. Tracy Farrell, Conservation international
    - Mr. Anthony Jude, Asian Development Bank
    - Dr. Ganesh Pangare, IUCN
    - Mr. Khalid Mohtadullah, GWP, Pakistan
    - Dr. Philipp Magiera, GIZ
    Brief summing-up by Ms. Hanne Bach, Managing Editor of the Mekong2Rio Publication
19:00- EVENING EVENT

 

2 MAY 2012
08:45-10:00 Plenary 3: Water, food and energy security: from a sector to a nexus perspective
Plenary Chairperson: Dr. Colin Chartres, Director General, IWMI
  • Brief summary of Day 1 by Conference Facilitator Prof. Torkil Jønch Clausen
  • Keynote: The Green Economy and the water, food and energy nexusDr. Dechen Tsering, Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNEP
  • Keynote: Cross-cutting dimensions of the nexus Mr. Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, SEI
  • Keynote: The perspective of China: Mr. Zhang Yue, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to ESCAP
10:00-10:30 BREAK
10:30-12:00 Parallel Sessions 4: The environment, climate and poverty perspectives of the nexus
4.1 Environmental perspectives

Session Chairperson: Mr. Chaiporn Siripornpibul, Deputy Director General, Department of Water Resources

Session facilitator: Prof. Aaron Wolf



4.2 Climate change perspectives

Session Chairperson: Ms. Meena Gupta. Former Permanent Secretary, Government of India

Session facilitator: Mr. Jeremy Bird


4.3 Poverty perspectives
Session Chairperson:  Dr. Daovong Phonekeo, Director General of Energy Policy and Planning, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Lao PDR

Session facilitator: Mr. Kurt Mørck Jensen

a) The Espoo Convention
-  Dr. Timo Koivurova, Research Professor
The Northern Institute for Environment and Minority Law, University of Lapland
Espoo Secretariat

b) Transboundary EIA in the Mekong
Mr. Nguyen Van Duyen, Environmental Governance Specialist
Environment Programme
MRC Secretariat

c) Murray-Darling – the ecosystem challenge, political and practical
-  Dr. Daniel Connell, Historian (Water Governance)
Australian National University

d) Nam Ngum River Basin Committee
- Mr. Phonechaleun Nonthaxay, Director of Nam Ngum River Basin Committee Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR 

  • Q&A and discussion

a) The Hindu Kush Himalayas and Climate Change
- Ms. Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Hazard Community Adaptation specialist
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

b) A nexus of adaptation: Implications of climate change for sustainability of the water, food, energy in the Lower Mekong Basin
- Dr. Nguyen Huong Thuy Phan, Programme Coordinator 
Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative

c) The nexus and adaptation in Mekong
- Mr. Ram Chandra Bastakoti, Senior Research specialist, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
UNESCO-IHE and AIT

d) The SADC nexus challenge, as affected by climate change
- Ms. Ruth Beukman, Executive Secretary
GWP Southern Africa

  •  Q&A and discussion

a) Dams on the Mekong River: Lost fish protein and the implications for land and water resources
- Dr. Jamie Pittock, Director of International Programs for the UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Trans-boundary Water Governance
Australian National University

b) From Poverty2Procedures – Thinking basin but acting locally
- Mr. Gavin Quibell, CTA, (IWRMP)
MRC Secretariat

c) Addressing the tensions of developing hydropower while improving livelihoods and caring for the environment
- Dr. Lilao Bouapao, Coordinator, the Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-POWER)

d) Sustainable Hydropower Development: The Middle-lower Lancang River Case
- Mr. GU Hongbin, Secretary General Ecosystem Study Commission for International Rivers (ESCIR)

  •  Q&A and discussion
12:00-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-14:30 Parallel Sessions 5: The policy-governance, techno-economic and stakeholder perspectives of the nexus
5.1 Policy-governance perspectives

Session Chairperson: Dr. Truong Hong Tien, Vietnam National Mekong Committee

Session facilitator: Prof. Aaron Wolf

5.2 Techno-economic perspectives

Session Chairperson: Dr. Anton Earle, Director of Capacity Building, SIWI

Session facilitator: Mr. Jeremy Bird

5.3 Stakeholder involvement

Session Chairperson: Ms Kaing Khim, Deputy Director General of Fisheries Administration, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Cambodia

Session facilitator: Mr. Kurt Mørck Jensen

a) Rethinking the role of river basin organizations
- Mr. Chaminda Rajapakse, Natural Resources Management Professional
Global Water Partnership (GWP)

b) The ECE transboundary Convention
- Ms. Francesca Bernardini, Secretary to the UNECE Convention Secretariat

c) The MRC Agreement Procedures
- Mr. Kongngeun Chounlamountry
Division of Legal Affairs
Department of Water Resource,
Lao PDR

d) Asia: the Aral Sea case
- Dr. Vadim Sokolov, Regional Coordinator
Scientific-Information Center of the Interstate Coordination Water Commission of the Central Asia (SIC ICWC)

  •  Q&A and discussion

a) Economic aspects of the nexus: tradeoffs in the Ganges Basin
- Dr. Claudia Sadoff, Lead Economist
The World Bank

b) North America: the Mississippi case
- Mr. Timothy S. Gambrell, Executive Director
The US Army Corps of Engineers /Mississippi River Commission

c) Transboundary Decision Support Systems
- Dr. Anthony Green, Senior Modelling Advisor, Information and Knowledge Management Programme
MRC Secretariat, and Dr. Guna Nidhi Paudyal, Team Leader Water Resources Department
DHI Group

d) Navigation, water and environment
- Sub. Lt. Preecha Phetvong, Deputy Director General, Marine Department, Ministry of Transport
Thailand

  • Q&A and discussion

a) The nexus multi-stakeholder dialogue
- Ms.Bushra Nishat, Project Manager-Bangladesh Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative, IUCN

b) The role of the private sector
- Mr. Nicolas le Clerc, Director in the Project and Structured Finance Team
ANZ

c) South America: the Amazon case
- H.E. Ambassador Mr. Alejandro Gordillo, Secretary General
Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO)

d) Africa: the Nile case
- Mr. ChirChir Wesley, Vice Chairperson
The Nile Basin Discourse (NBD)

  • Q&A and discussion
14:30-15:30

Posters Session and presentations by MRC Programmes

15:30-17:30 Plenary 4: Senior Officials Panel Discussion and draft “Mekong2Rio Message”

Chairperson: Mr. Sadar Muhammad Tariq, Regional Chair, Global Water Partnership - South Asia

Moderator: Mr. Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, SEI

 

 

3 MAY 2012
08:30-09:30

Closed session briefing of MRC Ministerial Representatives

  • Welcome by H.E Mr. Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Minister of MONRE
  • Briefing by the MRCS CEO on the Mekong2Rio Conference: background, purpose, participation
  • Briefing by Conference Facilitator on the outcome: the “Mekong2Rio Message” as adopted the day before, including the further process: the Mekong2Rio Message to Rio and Mekong2Rio Publication to Stockholm World Water Week
  • Comments by Ministerial Representatives and questions of clarification

 

<td width="13%&quot;">08:30-09:15</td>
<td colspan="3"><strong><br /></strong>
<ul>
<li>&nbsp;Welcome by Royal Thai Government:&nbsp;<em>Minister of MoNRE</em></li>
<li>&nbsp;Welcome by MRC:&nbsp;<em>Chair of MRC Council</em></li>
<li>&nbsp;Keynote by Minister from Tajikistan</li>
<li>&nbsp;Brief summary of Days 1 and 2 and introduction to Panels:&nbsp;<em>Conference Facilitator</em></li>
</ul>
</td>
</tr>
09:30-10:00 BREAK
10:00-11:45

Plenary 5: Final Plenary

Plenary Chairperson: CEO of the MRCS Mr. Hans Guttman

  • Welcome by the Royal Thai Government: HE Mr. Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Minister of MONRE
  • Statement on behalf of the Chairman of the MRC Council 2011/2012

Brief summary of Days 1 and 2: the “Mekong2Rio Message”: Dr. Fritz Holzwarth, German Water Director, Co-convener of Bonn Nexus Conference

Reflections by the international community

- Panel of of international CEOs and RBO Presidents:
  - Dr. Wael Khairy, Executive Director, Nile Basin Initiative
  - Dr. Wolfgang Stalzer, President, Danube - ICPDR
  - Dr. Collins Ihekire, Executive Secretary, Niger Basin Authority
  - H.E. Ambassador Mr. Alejandro Gordillo, Secretary General Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO)
  - Mr. Simon Sakibede, General Secretary International Commission for Congo-Ubangi-Sangha Basin Congo (CICOS)
  - Mr. Hans Guttman, CEO, MRCS
  - Dr. Colin Chartres, Director-General International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  - Mr. Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

 

Statements by Ministers

- H.E Mr. Sin Niny, Permanent Vice-Chairman of Cambodia National Mekong Committee
- H.E. Mr. Viraphonh Viravong, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and Mining, Lao PDR
- H.E.Mr. Pithaya Pokaman, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
- H.E. Dr. Nguyen Thai Lai, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment

 

11:45-12:00 Closing by Royal Thai Government and MRC
  • By the CEO of MRCS: Mr. Hans Guttman
  • By the Royal Thai Government: HE Mr. Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Minister of MONRE
12:00 LUNCH