Developing skills for young riparian professionals who are working in the field of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) contributes significantly to sustainable water resources management.
It is essential in all riparian countries to achieve sustainable development of the Mekong water and related resources through an intensive process to improve the knowledge and skills base in integrated environment, water and natural resource management.
The MRC works to promote professional IWRM skill levels of the MRC staff, staff of the Member Counties, especially those from prioritised Line Agencies. The MRC also starts to focus on the professionals from MRC Dialogue Partner Countries – China and Myanmar. The Junior Riparian Project offers training opportunities to riparian nationals aged less than 35-years-old with excellent English, a Masters degree in relevant subjects and a professional experience in a water-related discipline. They are both young male and female staff from government agencies, universities, and river basin organisations from the four Member Countries as well as from the Dialogue Partners Countries.
Through this Junior Riparian Professional Development project, the MRC offers a unique six to twelve month training programme to young professionals from the Lower and Upper Mekong Regions. MRC invests in the talent of selected young professionals from the Mekong Regions, believing that this is a part of a long-term process to generate well-trained and skilled riparian professionals on different IWRM related disciplines such as IWRM principles, stakeholder engagement, basin development planning, strategic planning, project cycle management, gender equality, communication, monitoring and evaluation, climate change adaptation, etc. With this effort, we aim to develop IWRM expertise and professionalism now and in the future for the Mekong region.
There are already Junior Riparian Professionals who were recruited to work at the MRC Secretariat after completing the different provided training courses. Others return to their positions at the National Mekong Committee or government ministries where they work before entering the project.
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