Vientiane, 12 Jun 2017
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) aims for the sustainable development of the Lower Mekong River Basin for the benefit of its people. The MRC is a platform for water diplomacy and regional cooperation in which member states share the benefits of common water resources despite different national interests. It also acts as a regional knowledge hub on water resources management that helps to inform the decision-making process based on scientific evidence.
Climate change is a fundamental threat to sustainable development and the fight against poverty. Climate change is already impacting countries and communities around the world with the most vulnerable hit the hardest. Recognizing the critical threats to economies, ecosystem sustainability and social harmony in the Lower Mekong Basin and to the pivotal role of the MRC in addressing climate change adaptation needs. Since 2009 MRC has developed Climate Change Adaptation Initiative to provide knowledge, tools and capacity building and other assistance to the Member Countries to better adapt to climate change.
Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (MASAP) has been formulated as a regional adaptation strategy and is part of the MRC’s commitment stated in the MRC Basin Development Strategy (BDS) 2011-2015 and 2016-2020. The MASAP is setting a vision for the Lower Mekong Basin, aiming at strengthening the basin-wide resilience and ensuring sustainable development of the Basin in line with the 1995 Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin. The MASAP sets out the strategic priorities and actions at basin level to address climate change risks on the basin and strengthen basin-wide resilience.
The regional stakeholder forum on MASAP aims to share and consult the 2nd draft of the Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan to its relevant stakeholder groups; discuss and engage stakeholders on suitable regional action plan for climate change adaptation in the context of Lower Mekong Basin. It has following specific objectives:
The Forum expects to have the following representatives and participants:
26 June 2017, LAO PLAZA HOTEL, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Towards a paperless meeting.
To help preserve our environment, we hope to reduce the amount of paper we print for this meeting. For full reports and thick documents, may we advise participants to refer to the e-documents or please bring your own printouts to the meeting.
Dr. Nguyen Dinh Cong
Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane
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Ms. Duong Hai Nhu
Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane
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Ms. Varaphone Silaphet
Secretary of Planning Division, Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane
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