CPWF Mekong Presentation to IWMI Board

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Presentation by Dr. Kim Geheb at the IWMI board meeting updating board members on CPWF research in the Mekong Basin

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CPWF Mekong Presentation to IWMI Board

  1. 1. Report to the Board:CPWF-Mekong ResearchHighlightsKim GehebCPWF-Mekong Basin Leader
  2. 2. To reduce poverty and fosterdevelopment by optimizing the use ofwater in reservoirs.If we’re successful, WSI will be: Managed in ways that are fairer and more equitable to all water users. Managed and coordinated across cascades to optimize benefits for all. Planned and managed to account for environmental and social needs. Used for multiple purposes besides hydropower alone. Better governed and the benefits better shared.
  3. 3. MK1 Optimizing reservoir MK3 management Land & water for livelihoods MK2 management Waterin catchments Valuationwith cascades of dams MK5 Coordination and Change MK6 MK7 Multi- Fellowships stakeholder program Platforms MK4 Water governance
  4. 4. MK1 • Has identified a variety of value-adding, Optimizing reservoir multiple-use activities for resettled managementfor livelihoods communities. • Both around reservoir area and downstream of the dam. • Has implications for the ways in which dams are managed, designed and operated. • Later in 2012, will be implementing pilot projects at all CPWF research sites.
  5. 5. • Not implementing these additional use MK2 Water values serve to reduce the value of theValuation dam. • These added values do not greatly increase the overall value of the dam, their relative value to rural communities is considerable.
  6. 6. MK3 Land & water • Hydrological models for both Sesan and managementin catchments Nam Theun-Nam Kading catchments thatwith cascades of dams can be used to address focused questions on multiple use, water and catchment management. • Exploring the use of agro-ecological and land use suitability zoning using LUSET models, to determine irrigation water potential on the Sesan.
  7. 7. • Significant institutional weaknesses that MK4 Water diminish the overall developmentgovernance potential of dams. • Dam development is heavily sectoral. • Dam development emerges as highly fractured. • Significant institutional weaknesses in the ways regulations are implemented.
  8. 8. MK7Fellowships • Inception workshop in March, 2012. program • 2nd call focused on water governance in the Mekong Region. • 23 new fellows selected. • 2 more calls to be held, up to a total of 63 Fellows.
  9. 9. The future• Project on hydropower decision-making in the Mekong.• 5 commissioned projects.• 5 open-call projects.
  10. 10. Thank you for your attention!

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