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The Mekong climate change adaptation strategy and action plan being consulted in four MRC member countries for endorsement consideration in March 2017

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 18th Nov 2016

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 18th November 2016 – The MRC Secretariat organised its 3rd regional consultation of Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (MASAP) on 18 November 2016. The meeting reviewed different national climate policies, addressed feedback and comments on the first draft of the MASAP and agreed on next steps for development of concept notes for trans-boundary adaptation projects.

The MASAP is one of the key outputs and achievement of the MRC Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (CCAI), a regional initiative launched in 2009. It synthetizes the strategy to address the trans-boundary dimension founded on analysed impacts of climate change on the main water resources and water related resources in the Lower Mekong Basin.

This basin-wide strategy is a unique opportunity to complement the already existing national strategies and plans as well as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions on adaptation in the four member countries by focusing on the trans-boundary adaptation challenges faced in the Lower Mekong Basin. A comprehensive review of the different national climate policies has clearly revealed that the countries are not equipped to address trans-boundary climate change challenges. MRC is the institution with the right mandate, setting and scope to fill this gap and is doing that through the MASAP.

During this regional consultation, the different national climate policies has been reviewed and validated by the countries. The first version of the MASAP has been discussed and commented with the revised 2nd version will be used to hold national consultations in the four member countries from now until January 2017. Based on results of those consultations, the final version of the MASAP will be available for endorsement consideration in March 2017.

The MASAP aims not only at guiding the member countries and MRC on how to address the trans-boundary dimension of climate change adaptation but also at implementing concrete measures in the field. To this end, the process to develop a portfolio of concept notes for trans-boundary adaptation projects has been presented to the countries and next steps have been agreed on. MRC and Member Countries will now work on the development of this portfolio with the technical support of GIZ. By March 2017, MRC aims at presenting a finalized portfolio to member countries and DPs.

The Mekong River Commission Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (CCAI) was formulated and established during 2008 - 2009 as a long-term regional initiative running until 2025, in response to a request from the MRC Council to support the Lower Mekong Basin countries in adapting to the new challenges posed by climate change. The CCAI was designed with an 18-month Intermediate Phase during 2009-2010 and three consecutive five-year phases 2011-2015, 2016-2020 and 2021-2025. CCAI started its preparatory phase in 2008 with support from AusAID and completed Intermediate Phase during 2009-2010 with additional support from Sweden. During strategic cycle 2011-2015, CCAI received financial support from seven (7) Development Partners: Australia, Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland, Germany and European Union. The European Union has extended its current funding to CCAI until June 2017 in support of completion of the Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (MASAP) and the CCAI basin-wide assessment of climate change impacts on water and water-related resources

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Note to editors:

The MRC is the intergovernmental body responsible for cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose members include Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. It serves as a regional platform for water diplomacy as well as a knowledge hub of water resources management for the sustainable development of the region. It is not a supra-national or regulatory body. The commission looks across all sectors including sustaining fisheries, identifying opportunities for agriculture, maintaining the freedom of navigation, flood management and preserving important ecosystems. Superimposed on these are the future effects of more extreme floods, prolonged drought and sea level rise associated with climate change.

 

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