Siem Reap, Cambodia , 6th Oct 2014 - 8th Oct 2014
Home to about 60 million people, the Lower Mekong River Basin has experienced rapid development, urbanisation and population growth which have adverse effects on the Mekong resources and populations who depend on them. Climate change has increasingly placed burdens on the environment and the people. For example rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall are bringing drought to some areas and flooding to others. The Mekong Delta is experiencing sea level rise and increasing saltwater intrusion to its ecosystems and farmland. Extreme weather events such as typhoons are increasing in frequency and severity, destroying homes, infrastructure, livestock and crops.
Adaptation measures can help vulnerable communities and governments to better deal with such changing climate conditions and thus reduce consequences on people’s livelihoods, ecosystems and the economy.
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) held a three-day forum for government officials, academics, experts as well as representatives from river basin organisations, the Development Partners of the MRC, development agencies, civil society and the private sector to share and exchange their knowledge, experience and progress in undertaking measures to adapt to changing climate. As particular attention was given to efforts to deal with transboundary effects of climate change, the forum provided a good opportunity for stakeholders to exchange ideas on how to scale down regional adaptation strategies and apply them to the national context.
This is the second MRC regional platform on climate change following the first forum held in February 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. In recent years, the MRC has also facilitated a number of gatherings amongst climate change practitioners and stakeholders to exchange knowledge and share lessons learnt.
The Forum explored the following topics in keynote speeches, parallel and plenary sessions and panel discussions:
The Forum aimed to achieve the following results:
The Forum featured a poster exhibition, including a selected number of examples to demonstrate various aspects of the Forum’s themes related to climate change adaptation in the transboundary context of the Mekong region. Pictures of the exhibition will be made available soon on this page.
Participation in the Forum was free of charge and open to those working on climate change in the Mekong region who have a professional interest in the theme(s) of the Forum. One hundred and eighty people joined the Forum. A complete list of participants will be made available in the Forum Proceeding.
The working language for the Forum was English.
The Forum was held from 6th – 8th October 2014 at Apsara Angkor Resort and Conference Center, in Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia.
Speeches and presentations are available here.
The Forum Proceeding will be made available soon on this page. Please visit again.
Ms Tatirose Vijitpan
Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative
Mekong River Commission Secretariat
Office of the MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR
Unit 18 Ban Sithane Neua, Sikhottabong District,
Vientiane 01000, Lao PDR
Tel: +856 21 263 263
Fax: +856 21 263 264
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