What were we supposed to do?
To reduce poverty
use of water in
If we were successful…
Be managed in ways that are fairer and more
equitable to all water users.
Be managed and coordinated across cascades to
optimize benefits for all.
Be planned and managed to account for
environmental and social needs.
Be used for multiple purposes besides hydropower
Be better governed and the benefits better shared.
How were we supposed to
4 years later…
We had implemented 19 projects in China, Lao PDR,
Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia.
We had awarded 22 small grants.
58 fellows had conducted their research.
We had 73 formal partners and ≈140 informal
We had 7 MOUs or letters of association.
We had implemented three Mekong forums.
We had secured and disbursed US$10.6 million.
Emerging evidence that large irrigation benefits can
be gained from very modest use of reservoir water.
New strategies for strengthening and diversifying
livelihoods in resettled communities.
A field-tested integrated water valuation framework.
Estimation of the total value of water multi-uses in
Map of Mekong dams (both HP and other).
State of Knowledge reports.
58 Fellowships reports.
The MK3 ‘on-line book’.
A decision-making, two team, game, played within a
Gender standards and safeguards for hydropower.
Lots of publications, many more in 2013 and 2014.
Many of other outputs, incl. films.
An R4D model and partnership base has attracted
Livelihoods improvement strategies and technologies
trialed at THPC and Yali Falls.
Helping Vietnamese dams in Laos address gender and
indigenous community aspects of implementation.
Bringing national legislation to local levels.
Sustainable hydropower curricula development.
A new catchment strategy for the Nam Theun – Nam
HSAP trailing at two major Chinese dams.
Artificial wetlands construction – and WLE interest and
Reservoir fisheries may be more productive
than the dominant narratives suggest.
Draw down zone agricultural solutions at Yali
Multiple use for small-scale irrigation weirs.
Providing informal fora for China to engage south of
An emerging IWRM MSP in Cambodia.
CPWF dialogues and its forums have created a new
way to discuss HP, and associated research.
But most importantly…
A dynamic, multi-disciplinary, multi-national,
multi-scale research-for-development network
that delivers world-class research and generates
significant developmental impacts.
Key technical messages (draft) (1)
Relatively modest adjustments to reservoir and dam
operation can yield significant multiple use benefits.
There exist many technical applications – particularly
agricultural and water-related – that can contribute to
livelihoods restoration and enhancement.
Cumulative impact assessment remains a significant
challenge for the system as a whole.
Impacts on the system are not all due to HP alone – e.g.
fishing pressure, urban pollution etc.
Key technical messages (draft) (2)
Ecological productivity of reservoirs can be improved
Costs of dams are unevenly distributed - economic
feasibility studies fail to account for the true costs of
Governance remains a significant HP challenge,
especially at scale.