SUMERNET will hold its "Policy Forum" on 9th November in Bangkok to bring together policy actors and researchers to discuss water insecurity in the Mekong Region. The forum will feature a series of open dialogues and discussions on the challenges and needs for scientific research and knowledge to support and fill gaps in the development of robust and inclusive policy and practices related to water insecurity.
The policy forum will be held at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn in Bangkok.
Over the past decade, SUMERNET has brought together nearly 70 partners across the region, to lead interdisciplinary, cross-national studies on major policy issues; engage with policy-makers, planners and stakeholders; and build capacity among both researchers and policy-makers.
In the current phase (Phase 3, 2014-2017), SUMERNET has been directly supporting Mekong researchers and engaging with boundary partners (i.e. policy influencers and policy makers) under 7 multi-country policy research projects, 5 national case studies that are Mekong regional wide to deliver credible scientific knowledge while informing relevant policies and dialogues at sub-national, national and regional levels.
In the next phase, SUMERNET 4 All (2018-2022), the regional research network will continue to help improve policy and practices in reducing water insecurities for all, in particular for the poor, marginalized and socially vulnerable groups of women and men in the Mekong Region.
Successful stories and lessons learnt during the past four years by SUMERNET members and partners are valuable resources for SUMERNET to design future activities e.g. conducting collaborative research, engaging with the policy process, and promoting scientifically sound research and innovation, while taking gender and social equity, human rights, environmental integrity and poverty reduction into account.
Download the working agenda below for more detials.