5th May 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 31st Mar 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.
Since the establishment of the 1995 Mekong Agreement, the MRC has developed five sets of procedural rules on water quality, data sharing, water use monitoring, water flow maintenance, and water use cooperation to support the implementation of the Agreement. The Procedure for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) is one of these. Prior Consultation is a process for the MRC Member Countries to discuss and evaluate benefits and associated risks of any proposed water-use project that may have significant impacts on the Mekong River mainstream’s flow regimes, water quality and other environmental and socio-economic conditions.
The Pak Beng Prior Consultation process is part of the implementation of the PNPCA. It serves as a platform for the MRC Member Countries and other relevant stakeholders to discuss and provide views on the Pak Beng hydropower project and whether it reflects a reasonable and equitable use of the Mekong River System and how it could be done to avoid, minimize and mitigate the negative impacts, especially the ones of transboundary nature.
Following the success of the 1st Regional Stakeholder Forum held on 22nd February 2017 in Luang Prabang, this 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum is a follow-up step:
The Forum expects to have the following representatives and participants:
5 May 2017 at LAO PLAZA HOTEL, Vientiane, Lao PDR
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Participation is open and free of charge but registration is required by 24 April 2017.
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Only a limited financial support is available to assist some participants coming from highly relevant organizations, which is beneficial to the MRC. Please contact the organizers.
To register for the forum, please fill in the attached form (Download register form) and send it back by 24 April 2017.
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For documents on the Pak Beng hydropower project, please visit https://goo.gl/ZmKE99
For the 1st Forum Report, please visit http://www.mrcmekong.org/assets/Publications/Forum-report-for-website.pdf
During the prior consultation process for the proposed Pak Beng Hydropower Project, the MRC provides a channel for receiving, documenting and transmitting all legitimate concerns and views from interested stakeholders. In addition to other forms of communication and engagement, we welcome comments and feedback from the public through our active comment box on the MRC website. Please let us know your comments via http://www.mrcmekong.org/stakeholder-consultations
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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Ms. Le Thi Huong Lien
Communication Officer, Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane
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