Considerations for RBOs in light of existing and planned developments in the Mekong

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Kim Geheb, CPWF-Mekong Basin Leader

Presented at the Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
December 7-9, 2011
Session 1: Managing water resources development within a water-food-energy nexus

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Considerations for RBOs in light of existing and planned developments in the Mekong

  1. 1. Considerations for RBOs in light ofexisting and planned developments in the Mekong Kim Geheb CPWF-Mekong Basin Leader k.geheb@gmail.com
  2. 2. High levels of complexity
  3. 3. Diversity and variabilityUncertainty Complexity Scale Competition
  4. 4. Liu Xiaodong – Three Gorges: Newly Displaced Population, 2005
  5. 5. Diversity and variabilityUncertainty Complexity Scale Competition
  6. 6. How do we manage complexity? Strategy 1: Clear Targets
  7. 7. How do we manage complexity?Strategy 2: Legal instruments
  8. 8. How do we manage complexity? Strategy 3: Adaptive management The process of management changing itself as a result of experimentation Is the action reversible? Manage humans – not resources. Don’t wait for science. Always employ the precautionary principle.Learn from you’re your successes as well as you mistakes.
  9. 9. How do we manage complexity? Strategy 4: Integrate“Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia”. James Lovelock
  10. 10. “Most principles of decision-making under uncertaintyare simply common sense”(Ludwig et al. 1993: 36).Thank you for your attention!

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