Report to the Board:CPWF-Mekong ResearchHighlightsKim GehebCPWF-Mekong Basin Leader
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.
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
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.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
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.
The future• Project on hydropower decision-making in the Mekong.• 5 commissioned projects.• 5 open-call projects.