Hanoi, Viet Nam, 23rd Mar 2016 - 23rd Mar 2016
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 23 March 2016 – Addressing the issues of the impact of hydropower development and the lack of a joint infrastructure planning are some of the priority issues for the Sesan-Srepok and the Mekong Delta transboundary areas, respectively, to tackle jointly for sustainable development, according to the two transboundary project teams of Cambodia and Viet Nam.
Representatives of the two projects met in Hanoi on 22 and 23 March to discuss water resource management issues in an attempt to identify joint issues to tackle together in the future. As a start, the two teams have been working on the identification of national significant issues, based on literature reviews, field data collection and national consultation, and have found the impact of hydropower development, water quality degradation and hazardous floods and droughts as some of the national priority issues.
During the meeting, the two project teams presented those national issues and discussed a way forward to identify joint significant water resource management issues. The two teams also discussed how to formulate a joint issues paper and the timeline for the next steps to proceed with the project.
Among others, the Sesan-Srepok team came to agree on dealing with issues such as data sharing mechanisms and mitigation measures to address the impact of hydropower development, while the Mekong Delta team decided to work on flood and drought management and infrastructure planning and monitoring among other issues.
The two teams will continue to work together to draft a joint paper on strategic water management issues and to set up a coordination mechanism and develop an action plan to address those issues in the coming years. The joint papers are expected to be finalised by the end of August 2016.
These two projects are part of the five World Bank-funded transboundary projects to promote the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management principles at the sub-basin level.
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