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the 2nd Regional CSO Dialogue on WRM and CCA in the Mekong Basin

The Second Regional Civil Society Organization Dialogue on Water Resources Management and Climate Change Adaptation in the Mekong Basin

was held from 17-19 June, 2013 at Chaophya Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) prepared the Dialogue and you can download easily Download

            Efforts in strengthening capacity, operation and strategies for climate change adaptation can be successful by building, using and sharing basic scientific knowledge and work experiences. To achieve this, participation from all sectors is necessary, particularly from civil society organizations (CSOs) and local communities that are directly affected by climate change. Although government units and international organizations currently have attempted to cope with threats from climate change, the civil society organizations have not had many opportunities to participate in drawing up these policies and plans. This creates gaps between the plans of government agencies and the needs of local communities. Thus, the government is unable to act in respons e to the needs of the local communities. As a result, CSOs should play a critical role in formulating adaptation policies by sharing practical knowledge gained from local communities, local administrative organizations and academic institutions.

            The Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) has recognized the importance of CSOs, and thus proposed to organize the regional CSOs dialogues on water resources management and climate change adaptation in the Mekong Basin with financial support from Government of Sweden. The dialogues aim to push forward information, knowledge and experiences shared by CSOs in each country into the national and regional adaptation policies in order to fulfill the aforementioned gaps.

            The first regional dialogue was conducted in September 2012 in Nongkhai Province in Thailand, focusing on; 1) disaster risk management;
2) strengthening local communities’ adaptive capacity among the riparian countries of Mekong; and 3) national climate change adaption and national disaster risk management plans. This dialogue identified climate change adaptation needs at each level, as well as the roles of NGOs and CSOs in water resources management in the Mekong Basin. The second regional dialogue was convened on 17-19 June 2013, to further define the roles and engagements of CSOs in climate change adaptation and water resources management. In this second dialogue, the 60 attendees from Cambodia, Yunnan-China, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand showed the impressive development of CSOs networks in the Mekong Region. The numerous experiences and valuable knowledge accumulated by the diverse civil society actors of the region represented one of the strongest opportunities to enhance the region’s capacity to tackle climate change. Exchanging information and ideas among these actors contributes to good governance.

            This report comprises six sections, including the introduction and acknowledgements. Part 3 is the executive summary. Part 4 summarizes the key discussion issues on water management and climate change. Part 5 presents the results and key findings. Part 6 proposes recommendations articulated during the Dialogue. The annexes provide the list of participants, the dialogue agendar, results of the exit questionnaire, and photos taken during the event.