Trans-boundary River Basin Meeting: 3S Basins

Buon Me Thuat City, Dak Lak Province, Viet Nam, 31st May 2010 - 2nd Jun 2010

The MRC and Asian Development Bank 3S Project invited representatives, stakeholders and individuals from local communities, water user associations, national agencies, non-state organizations and private sector to participate in the first Regional Transboundary River Basin Meeting, Sekong, Sesan and Sepok River Basins.

The meeting was held in Buon Me Thuat City, Dak Lak Province, Vietnam and attracted participants from a wide range representative groups and stakeholders from the "3S River Basins" of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

This meeting was the first of its series at the regional level aiming to promote stronger cooperation among the three countries and their stakeholders who share the 3S Basins. The 3S Basins is the largest tributary and watershed of the Mekong River Basin, over 3 million in Vietnam, 222,000 in Laos and 193,000 people in Cambodia share the 3S Basins resources. Many of which are ethnic minority and the poorest groups.


  1. Discussion of visions for the 3S River Basins
  2. Analysis and discussion of current situation and trends within the 3 river basins and 3S River Basins in broader LMB context
  3. Analysis and discussion of main transboundary issues in the 3S River Basins
  4. Discussion of steps to strengthen co-ordination and collaboration across the 3 river basins to address the transboundary issues including the preparation of a Road Map Tfor strengthening 3 key elements of future cooperation - Information sharing; Participation and dialogue; Application of tools for assessment and decision-making)

The participation and limited funding was given priority to representatives from non-state groups and state agencies in the 3S Basins who have participated in the 3S meetings at the district and national levels, as well as those who have been engaged in the earlier Mekong Basin Development Planning Process.



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