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Watershed Management: International Conference

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Contributors: Mekong River Commission (MRC)
"From Local Watershed Management to Integrated River Basin Management at National and Transboundary Levels" Convened by the Mekong River Commission
When Mar 09, 2011 09:20 AM to
Mar 11, 2011 09:20 AM
Where Le Meridian Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Contact Name
Contact Phone +856 21 263 263 Ext: 4044
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9-11 March 2011
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Convened by the Mekong River Commission

   There is no fee for participation.
   Financial support for travel is limited

   To register, please fill out the
   registration form and send to before
   10 February 2011.

Field Visit:
  1. Huay Hong Krai Royal Project
  2. Doi Inthanon National Park

Contact Points

   For technical information, papers
   and exhibition please contact:

Ms. Amphavanh SISOUVANH
Component Manager/WSM Focal Point

Watershed Management Project, Planning Division
Mekong River Commission
Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane (OSV),
Tel: + 856-21 263 263 ext. 4040
Fax: + 856-21 263 264

   For logistical arrangements,
   registration and sponsorship
   please contact:

Ms. Manothone Vorabouth
Senior Assistant

Mekong River Commission Secretariat
Vientiane, Lao PDR
Tel: +856 21 263 263 Ext: 4044
Fax: + 856 21 263 264


   For communication and media

Mr. Surasak Glahan
Communication Partnerships and Public Participation Officer
International Cooperation and Communication Section
Mekong River Commission
Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane (OSV), Laos
Tel: + 856-21 263 363 Ext. 4702
Fax: + 856-21 263 364


Watersheds are the smallest hydrological and management units of river basins. As the point source for all of a basin’s water, biodiversity and ecosystem functions, they offer opportunities for improved livelihoods for the local population in the watersheds and river basins, but also suffer from a range of degradation challenges that are associated with human activities. It is therefore essential that watersheds are viewed as the basic unit in a river basin, from the local sub-basin through the national to the transboundary level, for biophysical, socioeconomic and institutional characterization. Despite this importance – not least the cumulative impacts from the many watersheds that constitute a river basin - watersheds are often neglected in river basin management.

This International Conference aims to engage in dialogue and debate on the challenges of and solutions for better watershed and river basin management, using innovative methods of facilitation and conference design. It will draw on both international, regional and local experience, and the diverse views expressed by multiple stakeholders, to generate recommendations and ideas for how the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and other basin organisations can better incorporate watersheds into their focus, and deliver practical change within them.


The Conference will be hosted by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in collaboration with the following co-conveners: Asian Development Bank (ADB), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), International Water management Institute (IWMI), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Mekong Program on Water Environment and Resilience (M-POWER) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

The conference will be highly interactive. Engaging in dialogue on three parallel topics is a key feature of the conference:

    The state of integrated watershed and river basin management: practical solutions and experiences
  • Topic 2: GOVERNANCE
    Functional governance and institutional frameworks for integrated watershed and river basin management
    Economic and financing issues in sustainable watershed and river basin management

Each Topic will be managed by one or more co-conveners who will be responsible for the detailed planning of the Topic discussions and the identification and invitation of Facilitators, Topic keynotes, Speakers and Panelists.


  • Increased awareness of the importance of watershed management in the Mekong Basin
  • Concepts and good practices on how to improve, coordinate and position watershed management as an integral part of river basin management in the Mekong Basin context.
  • A Technical Paper by MRC and co-conveners aiming at driving debate and suggesting solutions for improved watershed and river basin management.


Conference participants will include senior government officials of the MRC’s Member Countries and Dialogue Partners (Myanmar and China); representatives of watersheds/sub-river basin committees and River Basin Organizations/Committees (RBOs, RBCs) in the Mekong countries; communities, districts and provincial representatives, civil society groups (NGOs, INGOs and others); Development Partners; economic, environmental and social experts; professional associations; research groups; private sector representatives (e.g., hydropower and mining developers, tourism operators); and the media.

Most of the participants will be personally invited by MRC and the co-conveners, but a number of participants will be invited in response to application for open registration. Participation capacity is limited to 250 people.


The meeting will be conducted in English. Simultaneous translation from English into Khmer, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese languages will be provided in Plenary only. Key introductory material will be provided in the four languages as well.


The Conference on 10-11 March will be preceded by a field trip on 9 March (- available options to be informed at a later date, but please indicate your interest in the attached Registration).


There will be limited space for exhibitions and posters by co-conveners and other interested organizations in the conference area. Please contact Ms. Amphavanh Sisouvanh at for more information on this.


The venue will be at the Le Meridian Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Block bookings have been made at Le Meridian and two other hotels (see attached Registration) for your convenience.


Participants will arrange their own transport. For regional and international participants Chiang Mai can be reached by air, or by train from Bangkok. Early March is high season for tourists so early travel arrangements are strongly advised.


Some international participants may require a visa for Thailand. Rules differ between countries, so please be sure to check your own requirements to ensure enough preparatory time. More information >>


All participants, both personally invited and applicants for open registration, are kindly requested to send their completed Registration Form, at their earliest convenience, but before 10 February 2011. Early registration will help to facilitate travel and accommodation arrangements, and help the Conference Committee and key facilitators to better organize the sessions to suit participant's background and needs.

There is no fee for participation. Financial support for travel is limited.


Please refer to the attached DRAFT Conference Concept Paper with additional details, including the overall Conference structure, and the draft program as it evolves.

This paper will be updated from time to time as details are confirmed. Additional, more detailed Topic Concept Papers for the three main topics of the Conference will be available in early February.


Contact details MRC organisers, the conference facilitators and topic-led conveners, can be found in the attached Draft Conference Concept Paper.

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