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The 9th MRC Regional Stakeholder Forum

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 09 Jan 2020

Background information

Since 2016, the MRC has organized the Regional Stakeholder Forum (RSF) every year to share information and address interests and concerns of regional stakeholders on reasonable and equitable use of water related resources in the Mekong River Basin. The RSF attempts to address mutual interests and concerns of both internal, the governments of the MRC Member Countries, and external stakeholders, non-government organisations (NGOs), the private sector, media, partners, and other interested groups. The RSF serves as a platform for the Member Countries and other relevant stakeholders to share information, and discuss, provide and exchange views and develop recommendations on the reasonable and equitable use of water and related resources in the lower Mekong Basin.

Following the 8th MRC RSF that held in November 2019, the 9th MRC RSF is a platform for multi-stakeholders to continue engaging with MRC’s ongoing key works.

This two-day 9th RSF focuses on (1) PNPCAP for the proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project and (2) preparation of MRC Basin Development Strategy 2021-2030.

Forum objectives

Day 1, the 2nd Regional Information Sharing & Consultation on Prior Consultation process for the proposed Luang Prabang Hydropower Project is to

  • update and follow-up on previous discussion
  • present key findings of the Technical Review Report
  • solicit further recommendations for the MRC Joint Committee (JC)
  • discuss the way forward for the Luang Prabang PNPCA Priori Consultation process and any post-consultation engagement plans

Day 2, progress on the preparation of the BDS 2021-2030 and the emerging SP 2021-2025, is to:

  • discuss the draft BDS 2021-2030 and emerging MRC SP 2021-2025 including strategic priorities and outcomes toward 2030, and outputs toward 2025 as well as cooperation mechanisms and processes
  • exchange with other actors/stakeholders on how they can contribute to and will be integrated in the implementation of the new BDS 2021-2030


The forum is free of charge and open to all interested participants including

  • MRC Member Countries
  • MRC Development Partners
  • MRC Dialogue Partners
  • Research Institutes and Universities
  • Other river basin organizations
  • Civil society organizations and NGOs
  • Local authorities and communities
  • Private sector and companies
  • Other interested groups

Date and venue

5-6 February 2020

Pullman Hotel, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

This Admin Note provides participants with some useful information on transportation and accommodation.

Publication display

Throughout the forum, there will be publication display on related topics. Other organizations are invited to display their work and experience. For further information and arrangement, please contact our colleague, Ms. Le Thi Huong Lien at 

Financial support

A limited financial support is available to assist participants from civil society and community-based organizations. The support will cover air ticket, accommodation and pocket money to cover ground transportation and meals.  

In case you request for financial support, please provide information on the online registration form by 23 January 2020.


Please register by completing this online registration form. The deadline for registration is 26 January 2020.

Concept note and Agenda

Click here for AGENDA

Online Stakeholder Comment Box

We have online stakeholder comment box to collect comments from stakeholders. The submitted comments will being proceed in the forum, we therefore would like to encourage participants / stakeholders to send us your advanced comments via this online box. All comments can be identified or anonymous.


1. Summary of draft Technical Review Report

2. Draft Basin Development Strategy 2021-2030

3. Consultation comment matrix

4. Comments and responses on 05 dimensions in the new Basin Development Strategy 2021-2030

5. 2021-2030 BDS's result chain 



DAY 1. 2nd Regional Information Sharing and Consultation on Prior Consultation Process for LPHPP

0. Combined PPTs

1. Recap of the 8th Regional Stakeholder Forum

2. Overview and progress with the PNPCA Prior Consultation process 

3. National Information Sharing & Consultation: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Viet Nam

4. Draft Technical Review Report: Overview - Hydrology and Hydraulics & Sediments and River Morphology - Environment & Fisheries - Dam safety & Navigation & Socioeconomics

5. Parallel discussions: (1) Hydrology & Hydraulics and Sediments & River Morphology & Dam safety & Navigation - (2) Environment and Fisheries & Socioeconomics

6. Recap & next steps


DAY 2. Basin Development Strategy 2021-2030 and Strategic Plan 2021-2025

0. Combined PPTs

1. Recap on the overall strategic planning, monitoring and reporting framework

2. Lessons learned from the current BDS and approach to preparing the BDS 2021-2030 and SP 2021-2025

3. Overview of the draft BDS 2021-2030

4. Overview of the emerging draft MRC Strategic Plan

5. Other Mekong-related regional frameworks

6. Basin Vision to 2040 and results chain to 2030 

7. Parallel discussions: (1) Environment Dimension & Climate Change Dimension - (2) Social Dimension & Economic Dimension - (3) Cooperation Dimension

8. Overview of BDS implementation arrangement

9. Summary of perspectives, inputs and next steps for the BDS 2021-2030 & SP 2021-2025




MRC Regional Stakeholder Forum #9 - Forum survey


MRC Regional Stakeholder Forum #9 - Forum Report


Contact points

For logistics

Ms. Soukouman Viravong

Administration Assistant
Mekong River Commission Secretariat at Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel: + 856 21 263 263, ext. 4003

For publication display

Ms. Le Thi Huong Lien

Communication Officer
Mekong River Commission Secretariat at Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel: +856 21 263 263, ext. 4012
Mobile: +856 20 7777 9168

For participation and sponsorship

Ms. Duong Hai Nhu

Stakeholder Engagement Specialist
Tel: +856 21 263 263 ext. 4011
Mekong River Commission Secretariat at Vientiane, Lao PDR

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