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First Regional Assessment Workshop to explore Robust Decision Support (RDS) framework for water scarcity management

SUMERNET's First Regional Assessment Workshop will explore Robust Decision Support (RDS) Framework for water scarcity management in the Mekong Region from 14-16 July 2015 in Bangkok.

Frequent and widespread drought, along with extended dry spells, are now an annual phenomenon causing hardship and anxieties for the people in the Mekong Region. At the same time, many concerned agencies have dedicated a lot of resources to address the problem of drought. The drought in 2015 has been the worst in the last two decades. As rivers run dry and water levels in dams fall rapidly, water shortages have already affected farming in many rural areas and serious drinking water shortages are expected in cities including Bangkok.

How can the Mekong Region countries address the water scarcity problem considering the many uncertainties including climate change? The Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET, www.sumernet.org) in collaboration with the national, regional and international experts is conducting a “Regional Assessment” focusing on water scarcity management in the Mekong Region. Five case studies at sub-national level will be undertaken in Thailand, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam.

This assessment will help answer the key policy question: “What strategic water allocation and watershed management policy options exist at subnational basin, national and international levels in the Mekong Region to deal with water shortages arising from seasonal drought, inter-annual climate variability and climate change?’

SUMERNET will organise a series of workshops aimed to share and exchange knowledge on the Robust Decision Support (RDS) and XLRM framework to help decision makers and related stakeholders in identifying robust water resource management strategies or planning under various scenarios. The first workshop from 14-16 July 2015 in Bangkok is designed to introduce the concept of RDS with the focus on XLRM framework to support the regional assessment focusing on water scarcity management in the Mekong Region.

 Objectives of the first workshop

  1. To understand existing policies, strategies, plans and institutions to manage water scarcity in the Mekong Region;
  2. To discuss and share ideas about the challenges and gaps in water scarcity management;
  3. To have a better understanding of the Robust Decision Support (RDS) with the focus on XLRM framework for water resources management (including also water scarcity) and the implementation of the case studies in five countries;
  4. To build and expand the network of partners to seek potential collaboration on issues of drought, water scarcity and effective water management in the future.

Expected outputs and outcomes

  1. Improved understanding of existing policies, strategies, plans and institutions to manage water scarcity in the Mekong countries;
  2. Identified the key challenges and policy gaps particularly in water scarcity management in the Mekong countries;
  3. Improved understanding of the workshop participants of the RDS and XLRM framework for water resources management. The case study teams will have improved their capacity to conduct the national workshop on RDS and XLRM for sub-national assessment;
  4. Strengthened network of partners.

Please download workshop agenda in the link below.