Riparian water professionals ready to implement RSAT

Phitsanulok, Thailand, 8-12 January 2017,

More than ten water professionals from the six Mekong’s riparian countries met at Naresuan University, Phitsanulok province, Thailand from 9 to 12 January 2017 to improve their skills as facilitators through the tool named the Rapid Basin-wide-Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tool (RSAT). This is the second training module to follow up with the first one which organized in Thakhek town, Khammouane Province, Laos from 26 to 30 September 2016 to lay out a foundation on RSAT assessment focusing on environmental management and ecosystem integrity, flows and river management and erosion and sediment transport.

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Purpose of the training was to enhance technical knowledge on sustainable hydropower and to develop skills to prepare, establish and facilitate RSAT assessments for water professionals from the six Mekong’s riparian countries of China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The training used RSAT manual with three different modules covering different RSAT topics and carefully designed so that participants could gain facilitators’ skills after the training.

The training marked a turning point for the participants through short RSAT dialogues with stakeholders on the case of Queen Sirikit dam. To prepare for the dialogues, participants visited Queen Sirikit dam and gathered evidence through interviews with representatives from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), resettled communities and representatives from the Community Development Fund Committee. The short RSAT dialogues which focused on benefit sharing observed natures and characters of several stakeholders. After all, participants could identify strengths and weaknesses of ‘Benefit Sharing’ of Queen Sirikit dam project and presented concrete recommendations.

The participants now are ready to implement and monitor individual RSAT transfer projects themselves.

RSAT Training of Facilitators, organized by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) was to meet the need for RSAT national facilitators in the region, having access to relevant information and being instrumental in further developing and promoting RSAT in the Mekong basin and disseminating outcomes from RSAT assessments.

RSAT is a dialogue tool designed to mobilize diverse stakeholders, identify development strategies and institutional responses, and management measures that could be applied to optimize benefits and reduce risks of hydropower projects. The tool which developed under the cooperation among Asian Development Bank, MRC, and World Wildlife Fund, has been continuously tested and developed for the past ten years. Its current version, RSAT 2016 EDITION (hyperlink  to http://www.mrcmekong.org/assets/Publications/leaflet/RSAT-2016-EDITION.pdf), has been published early 2017.

For further information on the RSAT Training of Facilitators,

please contact Ms. Praivan Limpanboon at praivan@mrcmekong.org

 

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