Advancing Sustainability in the Mekong Region: Role of assessment tools and standards
Session 19: 13:30-15:30
21 November ...

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Format. Three (3) bus stop stations will be set-up for in-depth discussion on key topics...
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Draft agenda session 19 for panelists

  1. 1. Advancing Sustainability in the Mekong Region: Role of assessment tools and standards Session 19: 13:30-15:30 21 November 2013, Hanoi, Vietnam Discussions surrounding the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) and the MRC’s Rapid Sustainability Assessment (RSAT) Tool have advanced. What have been the Mekong’s experiences with these tools, and how do they contribute to sustainability. 13:30-13:50 How do the methods and approaches employed in these assessment tools along with internationally accepted environmental and social standards contribute to advancing the sustainability of the hydropower sector in the Mekong region? This session will discuss how sustainability is addressed/considered by different stakeholder groups; provide examples of practical applications or efforts to use the tools and standards; and explore options for advancing sustainability. Introduction LilaoBouapao will welcome participants to the session and introduce Kate, Rodolfo and Donna Catalytic Presentation 1: Kate Lazarus, IFC will present on “Advancing sustainability in the hydropower sector in the Mekong” and introduce the background/purpose of the session (10 min) Catalytic Presentation 2: Rodolfo Azanza, SN POWER will present on “Efforts to employ sustainability in hydropower development” (10 min) Catalytic Presentation 3: Donna Brown, Consultant,will present on “Efforts to apply the Rapid Sustainability Assessment Tool in the Mekong tributary sub-basins under the MRC ISH program (10 min) 13:50-14:45 Panel Discussion Format. Each panellist will share their experiences in using sustainability tools and standards and the challenges and opportunities for the Mekong region VoradethPhonekeo, Mekong River Commission Rodolfo Azanza, SN Power Lu Xing, Yunnan University Michael Simon, Oxfam Australia Franz Gerner, World Bank RuediLuthi, Nam Theun 2 Power Company, TBC Kate Lazarus and Donna Brown will facilitate the panel discussion. The panel discussion will involve a dialogue together with the audience. We will not go in an organised order of sharing but jump between panellists and ask you to share your views and answer questions. You have all been selected because you are either using HSAP or RSAT or Standards or have come up with your own models/approaches to address sustainability. The fundamental focus includes the central question of how can these tools/methods/approaches contribute to advancing sustainability? Do they ? Or should we be considering other approaches? Indicative questions/areas for discussion will include: Introduction of panellists – 1 min each (your name, your organisation and responsibility) Initial reflections on points made by presentations from your own line of experience and work. What tools/approaches are panellists using ? E.g Franz Gerner to share about piloting of HSAP with EVN in Vietnam E.g Michael Simon to share reflections on gender EIA tool E.gVoradeth to share about use of RSAT in Mekong basin E.g Xing to share about the Chinese experiences in piloting HSAP and other approaches to fit the Chinese context E.gRuedi to share about what standards NTPC is using E.g Rodolfo to expand on points from presentation We have only 55 min for the panel so appreciate brief and concise remarks. Following the Panel discussion, participants will be asked to break out into 3 groups with the topics facilitators going to 3 corners of the room. Participants can roam between the topics and engage in the discussion.
  2. 2. 14:45-15:15 Bus Stop Discussion Format. Three (3) bus stop stations will be set-up for in-depth discussion on key topics followed by quick report back to plenary. Participants can move among the stations. Topic 1: Topic 2: Topic 3: Defining sustainability and its meaning in the Mekong region Considering risk management Challenges to adopting a sustainable approach to This group will consider the following questions: How is This group will consider the following questions: How can we hydropower development in the Mekong region. hydropower sustainability defined? Are their examples of how manage risks of hydropower development in a sustainable This group will consider the following questions: What are sustainability has been addressed or assessed (e.g. methods manner? What are the various values (e.g. the barriers to ensuring hydropower development in the and approaches) by your organisation? How can sustainability business/economic) to applying sustainability tools to Mekong is sustainable? How can we overcome these assessments be improved? managing risks in the long-term? barriers? Do the sustainability assessment tools and approaches (e.g. standards) make a contribution and what Facilitator: LilaoBouapao, M-POWER Facilitator: Donna Brown, Consultant are challenges to their application? Facilitator: Lu Xing, Yunnan University LilaoBouapao will convene the group back into plenary and ask the bus stop facilitators to share 3-5 key messages from the discussion and then close the session. 15:15-15:30 Report back of key messages from discussions, Facilitator: Lilao Bouapao, M-POWER with Bus Station facilitators Closing Remarks