First Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy
Phnom Penh: From 07-09.12.11, I have participated in the First Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy in Cambodiana hotel. The Forum was co-hosted by the Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF), the Ministry of Water Resource and Meteorology (MOWRAM) and the Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience (M-Power), along with other organizations, and was funded by the grant from the Australian Government through AusAID.
Participants of the Forum did debate and provide food for thought, recommendations on what sustainable water development means for the Mekong region. There were also many presentations on the latest thinking in technologies, management, institutions, financing, researches, policy and decision making and other aspects of water development in the nexus of water, food and energy. More than 100 people from different countries in the Mekong regions, Europe, Australia etc representing government’s institutions, NGOs, IOs, donors, private developers and research institutes; participated actively in the panel debates and discussion during the two and half day forum.
I contributed to the forum by having facilitated two sessions: 2. Cambodian Australian partnership roundtable discussion and the relationship between research, policy and decision making. The forum was opened by the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, H.E. Penny Richards and H.E. Veng Sakhon, Secretary of State, Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology. The presentations and summary findings of the forum could be downloaded from CPWF’s website. The second forum will be organized by the end of next year in Hanoi.