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01–03 May 12

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International Conference on Transboundary River Basin Management, Phuket

Mekong2Rio will be an important contribution to the transboundary water resources management dimension to Rio+20. The NEXUS perspective is an important part in this process.

Applying the NEXUS perspective, while still adhering to IWRM principles as the basic approach to achieve it, helps river basin planners and managers, as well as other involved stakeholders, to exploit synergies and mitigate trade-offs between different development opportunities while maintaining the overall sustainability in a shared basin.

Water feeds, nourishes, moves, powers and heals

The sustainable management of water resources is the key to people’s lives and the development of society. When these resources cross international and regional boundaries, the demand becomes more complex, needing greater cooperation and involving a wider range of actors.

Throughout the world, there are hundreds of transboundary rivers and lakes. Today these resources are under increasing pressure from both environmental and man-made changes including potential uses of different sectors. This is also the case for the Mekong River whose vast transboundary water and related resources underpin multi-billion-dollar economic potential for the development of fisheries, agriculture and forestry, hydropower, navigation and trade. These can also bring about associated risks.

It is therefore even more urgent to address water in an integrated manner taking into account its inter-dependency with other sectors. Inter-governmental River Basin Organisations including the Mekong River Commission (MRC) have played a key role in ensuring that the joint management and development of shared resources will be made in the most sustainable and efficient manner.

First in a series of biennial conferences

Set to be a milestone on the road to Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in 2012, Mekong2Rio is an international gathering of key players aiming to share their expertise in transboundary water resources management. This is the first in a series of biennial conferences of its kind convened by the MRC.

The conference will be a platform for discussion on how existing River Basin Organisations manage and develop shared resources and how to strengthen their institutional frameworks, governing structures and management practices. The event will be an opportunity for them to exchange technical knowledge and address challenges on critical issues including energy, food and water.

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992 was an historic milestone ensuring development is balanced with environmental and social concerns. The Rio+20 conference aims at assessing what has been achieved since then and which gaps need to be filled and what political commitments will be required. Mekong2Rio will add a water dimension to Rio+20, whose themes are centred on a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework needed

Mekong2Rio is a three-day platform for international River Basin Oragnisations, policy makers, leaders, government officials, civil society representatives, non-governmental organisations, academics and development agencies to share their vast experience and knowledge. The MRC will use this opportunity to bridge gaps in knowledge and exchange good practices among the participants.

There will be high-level plenary, parallel technical and dialogue sessions. Specific attention will be paid to the challenges the Mekong and other river basins are facing. The gathering will be a platform to promote an exchange of ideas that will lead to novel approaches, new solutions and the use of up-to-date technology, while protecting the environment and people’s livelihoods. A field trip will be organised for participants on May 4.

Related Resources

Results

Mekong2Rio Message

Message from the International Conference on Transboundary River Basin Management, Phuket, 1-3 May 2012

Policy Paper

Mekong2Rio – Conference Brief (Draft)

International Conference on Transboundary River Basin Management, 1-3 May 2012, Phuket – Mekong2Rio will be an important contribution to the transboundary water resources management dimension to Rio+20.

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07 May 12

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  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

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initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen