MRC International Conference

Draft Presentations – Check against Delivery


Significant achievements, developments, opportunities and challenges for the MRC and Mekong in the last four years, Prof. David Grey, Oxford & Tsinghua Universities and former Senior Water Advisor, World Bank


Keynote 1: A matter of survival – Vision for water cooperation from the Chairman of the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace by H.E. Dr. Danilo Türk, Chair of Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace and former President of Slovenia and former Assistant Secretary General, United Nations Department of Political Affairs

Keynote 2: Achieving the SDGs in a transboundary river basin through joint efforts and partnerships – International experiences, and opportunities for the Mekong basin, Mr. Takuya Kamata, Practice Manager, Global Water Practice, World Bank

Keynote 3: Lancang-Mekong Cooperation and Mekong River Commission – Opportunities, synergies and collaboration for the sustainable development and management of the whole Lancang-Mekong Basin, Dr. Zhong Yong, Secretary General, Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Center.

Keynote 4: MRC’s achievements and efforts in addressing Mekong opportunities and challenges towards achieving the SDGs, Dr. Anoulak Kittikhoun, Chief Strategy and Partnership Officer, Mekong River Commission Secretariat


Session 1a: Optimizing regional benefits and minimizing adverse impacts

Latest Basin-wide impact assessments: the MRC Council Study and others

Mekong sediments, Ms. Sopheap Lim, Modeller, MRCS

Environmental impacts of water resources developmentDr. So Nam, Chief Environment Management Officer, MRCS

Social, economic and cumulative impact assessment of water resources development, Ms. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Minh, Socio-Economic Specialist, MRCS

Lancang-Mekong Development Plan Environmental Study – Findings and conclusions, Dr. Jeremy Carew-Reid, Director General, International Center for Environment Management (ICEM)

Lancang-Mekong navigation plans – Perception and reality, Mr. Jacques Dezeure, Waterway Expert

Nam Kong – Forgotten river of Myanmar and future international navigation improvement, Mr. Win Naing Tun, Director and Principal Consultant, Myanmar Environment Institute

Reflection and implications of the MRC Council Study and others

Review of Mekong River Commission Council Study Reports, Dr. Zhiliang Zhu and Matthew Andersen, United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Review of MRC Council Study: An assessment of the results and conclusions of selected reports, Dr. Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa, Deputy Director, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Uptaking the Council Study in the MRC work: High-level dissemination, State of Basin Report, Sustainable Hydropower Development Strategy, Mr. Suthy Heng, Regional Technical Advisor, MRCS, and Mr. Palakorn Chanbanyong, Sustainable Hydropower Specialist, MRCS

Session 1b: Addressing climate change, drought and flood

Latest climate, flood and drought assessments and actions

MRC assessments on floods, droughts and climate change, Mr. Oudomsack Philavong, MRCS Advisor, and Dr. Cong Nguyen Dinh, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, MRCS

MRC Actions on Flood, Drought and Climate Change Adaptation: Joint Projects, Strategies and Action Plans, Dr. Thim Ly, Chief River Basin Planner, and Mr. Ix Hour, Drought Technical Coordinator, MRCS

Where does the effort go? A review of the contribution from international and regional players to flood and drought adaptation in the Mekong River Basin, Dr. Nguyen Huong Thuy Phan, Academic Coordinator and Head of SEA Region, Development Policies and Practices Executive Master Program, Graduate Institute Geneva

Good experiences and innovations from other partners/basins

The ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre – A regional collaboration for improved weather and climate services in Southeast Asia, Dr. Thea Turkington, Research Scientist, Centre for Climate Research, Meteorological Service Singapore

Robust adaptation strategies to address a +4C world, Mr. Niall O’Connor, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Flood forecast of Han River Flood Control Office, Ms. Ji Youn Sung, Han River Flood Control Office, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Republic of Korea

Using flood-based livelihoods to restore the flood retention ecosystem function of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Dr. Andrew Wyatt, Mekong Delta Program Manager, IUCN Vietnam

Evaluation of Water Balance Process in Dry Season for the rainfed areas in Thailand: Case study from 2016 to 2018, Mr. Laonamsai Jeerapong, Civil Engineer, Practitioner Level, Water Crisis Prevention Center, Department of Water Resources, Thailand

Special Session Day 1: Underlying data and information systems in the Mekong and other river basins

Use of water monitoring information and data for Mekong Basin management and development, Mr. Vongthasone Vilaythong, Information System and Database Specialist, MRCS, and Dr. Paradis Someth, Water & Climate Monitoring Specialist, MRCS

Improving Data for Water Resources Management, Mr. Suparerk Janprasart, Coordinator of the LMI Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership Program, and Ms. Christy Owen, Country Director, PACT Thailand

Integrated Water Resources Management in K-water: Example of a Drought Risk Management by Multi-purpose Dam, Dr. Su-Hyung Jang, Principal Researcher, Water Resources Research Center, K-water Institute, Republic of Korea

Water information systems – The art of the possible, Prof. Rob Vertessy, former Director, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology

Paradigm shifts in using satellite data for land and water management – Introducing Digital Earth Australia and Open Data Cubes, Mr. Norman Mueller, Director of Product Development for Digital Earth Australia, Geosciences Australia

Procedures, guidelines and standards

The five MRC water utilisation procedures: A sound basis for water diplomacy and transboundary water management and cooperation, Dr. An Pich Hatda, Director of Planning, MRCS

Sustainable development of multipurpose projects in the Mekong and Rhone Basins, Mr. Jérôme Mentre, Project Manager, CNR representative in Viet Nam, CNR France

Importance of trans-boundary impact assessment and joint monitoring in sustainable management of the Mekong River Basin, Dr. Truong Hong Tien, Director of Environment Management, MRCS

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA): Comparative analysis in the GMS countries and implications for SDGs, Mr. Thy Try, Executive Director, and Mr. Aliaksei Patonia, Research Intern, Open Development Cambodia


Learning from the M-IWRM Communication Outreach between the Tonle Sap and Songkhla Lake basins, Mr. Hell Tony, Tonle Sap Authority, Cambodia

Linkage of transboundary Mekong water governance and livelihood of community in 3S rivers in Cambodia, Mr. Leang Bunleap, Executive Director, 3S Rivers Protection Network

Session 2b: Strengthening Mekong cooperation and partnerships

Legal foundation of cooperation

Strengthening the 1995 Mekong Agreement, Dr. Pham Tuan Phan, CEO, MRC

Benefits and challenges for the Lower Mekong countries deriving from the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention, Dr. Alejandro Iza, Director of the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, Bonn, Germany

Beyond international water law – Successfully negotiating mutual gains agreements for international watercourses, Prof. Richard Paisley, University of British Columbia and UN Expert on transboundary water management

Collaboration with other regional mechanisms and frameworks

Some bi- and multi-lateral institutions relating to the Mekong cooperation and recommendations to synergize, Mr. Nguyen Nhan Quang, Former Director, Centre for Promotion of Integrated Water Resources Management

Views from the GMS/ADB on current and future alignment and cooperation with other regional mechanisms and the MRC, Dr. Jiangfeng Zhang, Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Asian Development Bank, Manila

Special Session Day 2: Integrated water and energy planning – Pathways for sustainable hydropower and other renewables

Changing dynamics of power trade in South Asia: Implications for hydropower development, Dr. Sagar Prasai, Country Representative, the Asia Foundation, India

Repositioning hydro operations and electricity supply in a dynamic energy sector, Mr. James E Mason, International Business Development Manager, Entura-Hydro Tasmania

Southern African power pool – Cross-border partnership in planning and operation, Mr. William Derbyshire, Director for Asia, Economic Consulting Associates (ECA)

Enhancing regional water cooperation through clean energy transition, Mr. Brian Eyler, Stimson Center and Mr. Jake Brunner, IUCN

Sustainable hydropower development alternatives for the Mekong: Maintaining the flows that nourish life, Mr. Gregory A. Thomas, Executive Director, Natural Heritage Institute