Vientiane, Lao PDR, 6th Jul 2017
Over the past decades, the Lower Mekong Basin countries have experienced dynamic growth and a high increase in trade with the rest of the globe. Population growth, industrialization, economic development, and urbanization represent the main drivers of energy demand. In the decades to come, demand for electricity is expected to continue to grow strongly. National and regional power systems will expand extensively to assure effective dispatching of the electricity generated from a range of energy sources, including hydropower.
Such a high increase in hydropower developments in the Mekong mainstream and tributaries has transformed the Mekong region into one of the most active regions in the world for hydropower development. Concerns about the cumulative and transboundary impacts of existing and proposed hydropower schemes on the environment, fisheries, and people’s livelihoods in the Lower Mekong Basin have been brought to the forefront by Mekong River Commission (MRC) Member Countries and a wide range of stakeholders.
In response to this dynamic situation, the MRC’s Initiative on Sustainable Hydropower (ISH, 2008-2015) specifically focused on advancing regional cooperation for the sustainable management of the growing number of hydropower projects from a basin-wide perspective. A number of studies have been conducted that draw on international experiences while developing technical expertise in the region. With the majority of these studies and associated guidelines and tools completed, they are now ready for application, including upscaling to a basin-wide process.
Relevant MRC Guidelines, Studies and Tools
MRC in cooperation with GIZ (German Development Cooperation) has been organising a series of fora since 2015 in order to disseminate studies, guidelines and tools that are believed to be relevant to many professionals working in and with the hydropower industry: Fish & Hydropower Forum in June 2015, and Forum on Sustainable Hydropower Planning in November 2015, and Sustainable Hydropower Practice Forum in October 2016
The 2017 forum is to engage hydropower project developers and the private sector in discussion of aspects related to Hydropower planning and development in the Mekong Basin, with a focus on:
10-11 August 2017, CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Participation is open and free of charge but registration is required by 30 July 2017.
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To register for the forum, please fill in the attached form (Download register form) and send it back by 30 July 2017.
Towards a paperless meeting!
To help preserve our environment, we hope to reduce the amount of paper we print for this meeting. May we advise participants to refer to the e-documents or please bring your own printouts to the meeting. Thank you!
Mr. Palakorn Chanbanyong
Sustainable Hydropower Specialist, Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane
T: (856-21) 263 263 E:firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Duong Hai Nhu
Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane
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