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Proceedings Policy Dialogue on Watershed Management in the Lower Mekong Basin  

Proceedings Policy Dialogue on Watershed Management in the Lower Mekong Basin

This document contains the proceedings of the 1st Policy Dialogue on Watershed Management in the Lower Mekong Basin, held from 28 to 30 September 2004 in Vientiane. Two days of dialogue in the conference room of the MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Laos were followed by a further day of dialogue during the workshop field trip. The design of the Policy Dialogue was based on the principle of short presentations and ample time for discussion. The aim of the Dialogue was not to make decisions but to collect and discuss ideas, views and experiences. We tried to increase mutual understanding of the actual situation of watersheds and watershed management in the Lower Mekong region as well as identify potential options for further development. As hoped and expected, the event was characterized by open sharing of views, experiences, thoughts and options for future development. The discussions took place in a stimulating and productive atmosphere and were based on mutual respect and understanding. As the evaluation showed, the majority of the participants appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to work in small groups, which contrasted with "usual" conference designs, where plenary discussion forms the main forum of exchange. What had been worked out theoretically in the first two days, was unambiguously proven by reality on the field trip: the sound and responsible implementation of watershed management is not lacking in terms of technique, but institutional framework and resources. The field trip was widely appreciated for delivering impressively clear and astonishingly easy examples of how to preserve watershed functions.


Uploaded on: Jul 2006
File size: 1.2 MB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Capacity Building , Watershed Management
Category: Inland Waters

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