CAPACITY BUILDING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF WATER GOVERNANCE
AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONERS IN THE RED RIVER BASIN

Lead by: Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), MARD Vietnam
Project Leader: Nguyen Tung Phong - phongicd@gmail.com
Project coordinator (WLE): Mayvong Sayatham - mayvongs@gmail.com

Special Announcement! MK33 is now accepting applications for fellows!

Call for fellowship program (Deadline: 5:00 pm May 2, 2015)




I. MK33 - Project Introduction

MK33 project belongs to Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) - is a research-for-development (R4D) of CGIAR (which is Research Program on poverty reduction in rural areas, food security, human health promotion and nutrition, ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources). MK33 project is expected to contribute to addressing the important challenges in the field of water resources of the Red River Basin.

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The Red River of Vietnam
Livelihoods of the residents of the Red RiverSource: www.mccullagh.org
Massive changes in land and water resources are expected in the next two decades in the Red River Basin, the second most important river basin of Vietnam. This has the potential to contribute greatly to development, but also to environmental degradation and further marginalization of particular groups and their livelihoods. This calls for national, regional and international support for evidence-based knowledge to guide this rapid development.

Compared to the Mekong River, comparatively limited research on the Red River Basin has been undertaken. To strengthen governance and increase the likelihood of sustainable and fair decision-making, there is an urgent need to build knowledge and research capacity within the basin and to support the individuals, academic institutes and research networks capable of informing the rapid changes underway in the basin. This opens a great opportunity for the international communities to support newly structured autonomous universities with more up-to-date curricula that consider the emerging needs in the country and regional economic integration in Greater Mekong.

MK33 Project is a support program for researching, cooperation and strengthening capacity aim to improving the quality of training regarding to water governance. This project is also a bridge-link among research results of the Red River Basin and these others from sub-basins belong to Mekong River system.

II. Objectives

Strengthening and developing management capacity in water governance of the Red River Basin related to the rapid changes underway of water, land and ecosystems in the basin due to impact of natural and human activities.

III. MK33 - Project activities
  • Supporting and strengthening capacity for 12 fellows, who are selected follow standard for Phase 1 (2015 ÷ 2016) and eight (08) outstanding research fellows for Phase 2 (2017) via producing a conference paper, building blogs/Web, publishing books (chapter) and journals, participate in national and international workshops;
  • Building a community research collaborative, training of the Red River Basin, links and exchange of results with other basins belong to Mekong River system.

IV.Research themes

Research topics related to water governance in the field of water resources management of the Red River Basin: operation and management reservoirs in up-stream and benefit areas of down-stream, monitoring and water quality management, livelihood, environment and landscape of river basin, etc. the results of these research topic must be feasible, applied to reality or changed governance/ policy of water resources management of Vietnam.

V. Opportunities for research fellows
  • Strengthening capacity and participate in research network belongs to WLE program;
  • Participate in national and international workshops, policy forum;
  • Participation in the write books and publishing the scientific paper on international journals;
  • Implementing time flexibility when participate in project activities

VI. Scholarship

The scholarship for fellows will be paid by MK 33 project, include:
  • Monthly support cost;
  • Travel and accommodation costs when participate in national and international workshops;
  • The cost of buddy mentors and materials for research;
  • The cost of printing books, journals of research results

VII. Framework conditions

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VIII. Activities have been carried out by MK33 project

8.1. Kick-off Workshop (16th March, 2015)

MK33 has started. On 16th of March 2015, the project kick-off meeting was held at the VAWR headquarter in Hanoi. Over 40 participants from organizations involved in planning of water and land resources in Vietnam discussed MK33 project. After Assoc. Dr. Nguyen Tung Phong, VAWR Vice Director General, welcomed the participants, Mrs. Mayvong Sayatham (Coordinator of MK33 project) introduce WLE program, Dr. Ha Hai Duong (IWE), explained the project approach, outcomes & workplan, followed by Dr. Dao Trong Tu, Nguyen Tung Hoa, Nguyen Quang Trung (WRU, IMHEN&IWE) who explained the current challenges in the Red River. After the coffee break, Participants and MK33 project members discussed together about outcome, aprroach and fellow selection of MK33 project.

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Kick-off Workshop at VAWR HQ in Hanoi, Vietnam (16th March, 2015)
8.2. The Admission periods and Selection process

A. Selection process
The admission periods and selection process includes three phases, namely:
  • The first phase: announcement and receiving applications
  • The second phase: all applications will be graded by 06 members of the MK33 Entrance Examination Board (MK33 EEB)
  • The third phase: oral examination

The results of three phase as mentioned above, fellows should be selected based on competence and as the top fellows in the candidates.

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The meeting of members of the MK33 Entrance Examination Board (EEB)
B. Selected fellows
Name
Position/ Organization
Country
Title
Research theme
Contact of fellow

Mr. Dong Xuan Nghia
Researcher and lecture/ Water Resources University (WRU)
Vietnam
Research on application of hydraulic models 1D and 2D to assess water resources in Nam Dinh province
Management mechanism
Nghiadongxuan@gmail.com

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Mr. Nguyen Van Huy
Researcher/NAWAPI
Vietnam
Assessing the level of awareness, attitudes of rural population and institutions in the Red river basin regarding water resources issues for developing Community-Based Water Monitoring strategies
Gender and Social Justice
Huy.hsph@gmail.com

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Mr. Phan Cao Duong
Researcher/Hydraulic construction Institute
Vietnam
Climate change impacts on river flow regimes at the Nhue-Day River Basin
Management mechanism
Pcduong8088@gmail.com

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Ms. Trinh Thi Thu Van
Researcher/Department of water resources management
Vietnam
Research on perfecting the policy of monitoring wastewater discharge of industrial zones after licensing
Case study: the Red River delta
Healthy Rivers
Trinhthuvan46v@gmail.com

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Mr. Tran Duc Trinh
Researcher/Center for training and international cooperation
Vietnam
Agent Based Modeling of Water Resources Allocation and Management in Red River Basin towards Hydro-economic Efficient and Environment Protection
Laws, policies and institutions
tranductrinh@gmail.com

Mobile: 0984904164
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Mr. Le Van Chinh
Researcher/water resources directorate-MARD
Vietnam
Evaluation of implementation and impact of existing water fee policy in the Red River Basin, Vietnam
Laws, policies and institutions
lvchinh@wrd.gov.vn

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Mr. Nguyen Duc Viet
Researcher/ water resources directorate-MARD
Vietnam
Study to perfecting the governance in water management and service provision for the agricultural production towards efficiency and sustainability
Organizational management
nguyenducvietbnn@gmail.com

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Ms. Pham Phuong Thao
Researcher/Institute for water and environment
Vietnam
Study on an integrated solution to increase on-farm water use efficiency in response to water scarcity and drought in Red River basin
Gender and Social Justice
Phuongthaopt172@gmail.com

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Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Lam
Researcher/Institute for environmental scientific
Vietnam
Local knowledge among fishing communities on water resources management in Red River Delta in the context of climate change – case study in Nam Dinh province, Vietnam
Gender and Social Justice
Lamnh261@gmail.com

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Ms. Le Thi Hong Nhung
Researcher/Center for training and international cooperation.
Vietnam
Improving the role of women in agricultural water management – A case study at community level in the Red River Basin, Vietnam
Gender and social justice
hongnhungvkhtl@gmail.com

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Mr. Nguyen Xuan Lam
Researcher/ Institute for water and environment
Vietnam
Study to propose the institution of the water management for drought control in the Red River Delta
Laws, policies and institutions
Nguyenxuanlamiwe@gmail.com

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Mr. Vu Hai Nam
Researcher/ Center for training and international cooperation.
Vietnam
Research and proposal on the Irrigation Management Modernization Framework in Red River Delta, Vietnam
Organizational management
namvhicd@gmail.com
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8.3 The 1st Workshop (Hanoi, 20-22 June, 2015)
The 1st Workshops organized for research fellows: Hosted by VAWR in Hanoi on June 20-22. Joined by WLE team, and workshop materials available online (See attached files). This workshop organized is not only for 12 fellows of MK33 project but also for the fellows from the other MK projects (MK31&MK32).

1st Workshop objectives:
  • For research fellows and project staff to meet and get to know each other
  • For research fellows to refine research questions and objectives based on WLE’s concept
  • For research fellows to produce a detailed research design, based on the fellowship application
  • For research fellows to understand the administrative arrangements for the project, including narrative and financial reporting and relationship with mentor and buddy mentor
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8.4 The 2nd Workshop (Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand 03-05, Aug, 2015)
Our first workshop was held in Hanoi on 20 – 22 June 2015, hosted by the Vietnam Academy of Water Resources. The focus of that workshop was on preparing a detailed research design. In this second workshop, we now focus on the principles and best practices of undertaking fieldwork, and how to document and analyze the findings. This workshop, hosted by the MSSRC, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Ubon Ratchathani University, will entail workshop based discussion and practical experience in the field.

2nd Workshop objectives:'
  • Learn about social-science research methods and how to apply them in field work
  • Consider how to incorporate these research methods into their own fieldwork
  • Practice these research methods in the field, and reflect critically on their use
  • Learn how to undertake basic data analysis of qualitative and quantitative field data
  • Continue to build relationships between one another across the river basins
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All of the research fellows and staff from the Mekong, Red and Salween river basins who attended the training at UbonRatachathani University. (Photo by Kyle Ojima)
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A meeting with retired local officials and farmers to discuss the effects of the RasiSalai dam on local livelihoods (Photo by Alayna Ynacay-Nye)
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All of the fellows gathered at the Lower Mun Royal Irrigation Department office to present what they learned from their field work. (Photo by Kyle Ojima)

8.5 The 1st forum (Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy, Phnom Penh-Cambodia, 21-23, Oct, 2015)

WLE forum 2015 opening ceremony
The Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 21-23 October 2015 was an opportunity for the fellows of the Salween, Mekong and Red River Fellowship programs who attended to share their work, to network, and to learn from others. The Forum itself attracted over 300 participants from institutions of diverse backgrounds and from countries all around the Mekong Region and beyond ranging from civil society organizations and universities, to research institutes and government agencies.
The forum’s main objective was to bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to exchange their work and ideas, and to debate key issues related to food, water and energy in the region. To this end, over forty sessions were held over the three days of the event. The Salween fellowship program, together with our sister programs in the Mekong and Red river basins, hosted two sessions during the Forum.

The Fellows introduce their work
The first session was titled “Launching the 2015 Regional WLE Fellowship Program in the Mekong, Salween and Red River Basins.” The session opened with a brief overview of the fellowship program (download at 4/8.6). It then provided a space for the other forum participants to learn about the fellowship programs by having the fellows themselves from each river basin individually introduced their research projects, their related work and their aspirations.

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MK33 fellows & Mentors of the RED fellowship programA number of participants from the other WLE projects were interested in the fellows’ research, and could see possibilities to collaborate including how the research produced could be shared. This was a positive outcome as it was an aspiration of the wider WLE Mekong Region Program that the individual fellowship projects would integrate with and contribute towards the other WLE projects, and thus deliver a better outcome for the WLE Mekong Program as a whole.
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MK33 fellows introduced their research topic to participants from the other WLE projectsRed fellows’ research topics focus around themes related to water governance in the field of water resources management of the red river basin: Operation and management reservoir in upstream and benefit areas of downstream, monitoring and water quality management, livelihood, environment and landscape of river basin and gender.
The session provided an open space for fellows to introduce their research to the audience in small groups. For example, one of the Red fellows, Mr. Le Van Chinh, a officer from the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD), described his study: Vietnam have a lot of water fee policy, however these issues related to the water fee policy has emerged. The policy presses an increasing burden of the state budget and leads to constraint of the service-oriented functions and incentives of irrigators in water management. With lower fee or even free of charge in irrigation services, farmers have less motivation for water saving and less participatory irrigation management. Therefore, this research will aim to evaluate of implementation and impact of existing water fee policy in the Red River Basin, Vietnam.
Another one of the Red fellows, Ms. Pham Phuong Thao, who is researcher from Institute for Water and Environment-Vietnam (IWE), described her study: the importance of on-farm water management and the problem in its, such as: technical shortcoming and improper organization/institution, which resulting in inefficient use of water, into reducing total effectively irrigated area and leading to reduction of agricultural production. To solve these problems, this topic will study on on-farm water management for effective use of water resources from small and medium irrigation works in northern mountainous area in red river basin.

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Fellows took turn introducing their projects
Fellows joined other session/special session
Many forum participants complimented that the session was unlike academic-styled presentations that they have attended in the past. Rather, it was designed in such a way that people from different backgrounds could be on the same page and therefore interact, engage and challenge one another openly and constructively.
Fellows reflect on lessons learned at the forum

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Fellows from the Salween, Mekong and Red report back from group discussions reflecting on lessons learned from participating in the forumOn Friday 23rd October, 2015, the Salween, Red and Mekong fellowship programs organized a second session titled “Debating Water Governance in Southeast Asia: The perspective of the 2015 WLE fellow.” This session opened the floor for fellows of the Salween, Mekong and Red River basin to share and reflect on their WLE forum experience. The session was structured first as paired discussions, followed by a plenary discussion facilitated by MKs leaders. The participants then broke in to table groups to focus on emergent themes that they had identified as consistently raised during the WLE forum, namely: water governance; public participation; and working towards interdisciplinary approaches.
Fellows help close the WLE Forum during final plenary

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Dr.Bian Yongmin and John Bright give a reflection on WLE forum closing session
During the closing ceremony of the WLE Forum, representatives from the Salween, Red and Mekong fellowship programs were invited to give their personal reflections and analysis of key themes addressed by the conference (Red project has 4 volunteers: Ms Thao, Mr Viet, Mr Huy and Mr Nghia).

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Research fellow present their reflections to the final plenary of the WLE Forum
Now that the WLE forum is concluded, Fellows will be busy with their field research as they are well-equipped with their clear research design and ideas for research methodologies and approaches derived from the forum and our previous workshops. Early in 2016, the fellows will also be inviting their mentors to their field sites to benefit from the mentors experience. The next workshop when the fellows meet again will be in Bangkok (1st-4th Apr 2016), when the Center for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University will host a “Write Shop” to help the fellows organize and analyze their data and refine it into a conference paper. This is an important step, as when it comes to the WLE forum in 2016 the fellows will present their research findings and we will produce a conference proceedings that compiles their research papers. In the meantime, the fellows will soon be writing about their field experience in the form of a blog which will be published on the VAWR and Mekong Citizen Website in 31 January 2016.

Reff link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erjlWmEnHNw

8.6. The 3rd workshop for research finding analysis and conference papaer wirting (Bang Kok, 1st-3rd Apr 2016)

This workshop brought together research fellows, mentors and colleagues who are currently involved in the project titled “Capacity Building and Professional Development of Water Governance and Regional Development Practitioners in the Mekong, Salween and Red river basins.” The project aims to strengthen the capacity for undertaking research and policy engagement of scholars and practitioners of water, land and energy use and governance in the Red, Mekong and Salween river basins. A cross-cutting focus of the project is research on gender and other forms of social marginalization.
The objectives of the workshop were:

  • Support fellows’ analysis of data collected in their fieldwork;
  • Support fellows’ preparation of a conference paper that will highlight the main research findings (to be presented at the WLE Forum in November 2016);
  • Advise fellows on the remaining period of the fellowship, including the production of the research report, policy brief, and second blog.
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8.7. The 3rd workshop for research finding analysis and conference papaer wirting (Bang Kok, 1st-3rd Apr 2016) Writeshop for book chapterr/Academic paper publication

23rd – 25th March 2017
Cat Cat View Hotel, Sapa, Vietnam
Background
The Capacity Building and Professional Development of Water Governance and Regional Development Practitioners in the Mekong, Salween and Red river basins (MK31, 32 and 33) project is working to strengthen the capacity for undertaking research and policy engagement of scholars and practitioners of water, land and energy use, management and governance in the Red, Mekong and Salween river basins. A particular cross-cutting focus of the project is research on gender and other forms of social marginalization. It also intends to build a learning community amongst these scholars and practitioners.
During phase 1 of the project during 2015 and 2016, 38 fellows have undertaken research, joined three workshops about research design, fieldwork and writing, and produced: two blogs; a research report; a conference paper; and a policy brief. They also joined two Greater Mekong Forums on Food Water and Energy in 2015 in Phnom Penh and 2016 in Bangkok. Furthermore, the fellows presented their research at the International Conference on the Mekong, Salween and Red Rivers: Sharing Knowledge and Perspectives Across Borders at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University in November 2016.
We are now moving to Phase 2 of the fellowship program, in which 8 fellows from each river basin have been selected to contribute either a book chapter or journal paper for publication.
The WriteShop, to be held in on 23-25 March 2017 in Sapa, Vietnam, is intended to support fellows in the production of these materials. The books/ journal papers will be published by the end of 2017.
Workshop objectives
  • Explain the goals and plans for Phase 2 of the fellowship program regarding publication in two books/ journal articles
  • Work with the selected Phase 2 fellows to further refine their research outputs from Phase 1 suitable to be published in an international publication (book chapter / journal paper)
  • Advise fellows on the remaining period of the fellowship, including the opportunities for presenting the work in conferences
Workshop method

The workshop will be a combination of plenary lectures, individual work, partnered work, and mentored group work.
  • Plenary session will provide key inputs to the writing process
  • Individual exercises will allow you to focus quietly on your own writing (and that of your allocated partner)
  • Partnered work: You will be allocated a partner, who you will provide feedback to over the course of the WriteShop. You will receive an individual email about this, including your partner’s conference paper.
  • Mentored group work: You will work in small groups with mentors
The groups are as follows:
  • Salween Fellows (MK31) and Khun Soimart (MK32) will be with Dr Carl Middleton
  • Mekong Fellows (MK32) will be with Dr. Kanokwan Manorom
  • Red Fellows (MK33) will be allocated between: Prof Tu; Prof Quang; and Dr. Nam


8.8. Related Documents and Other Resources

1. Kick-off workshop






2. The 1st workshop









3. The 2nd workshop


4. The 1st forum 2015 (Greater Mekong Forum on WLE, Phnom Penh-Cambodia)




IX. Partner Organizations
  • Directorate of Water Resources, MARD Vietnam
  • Institute for Water Resources Planning (IWRP), MARD Vietnam
  • MK31 and MK32 projects
  • Water Resources University (WRU)
  • Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate change (IMHEN), MONRE Vietnam
  • Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

X. Vietnamese Contact persons

For further information please contact:

Dr. Ha Hai Duong (Coordinator of MK33 project)
Institute for Water and Environment (IWE)- Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR)

Home page: Visit the VAWR website

Introduction
The Mekong Forum on Water and Food has been planned as an annual event with the first occurring in 2011. It is the largest event of its kind in the Mekong Region. For the WLE, and for the CPWF before it, the forum is seen as a stepping-stone towards outcome delivery. We see it as an interface between our technical outputs and activities with potential users as a networking event and a pivot around which our programmatic conversations are advanced and deepened.
In the past, attendance has been very diverse, attracting, of course, our technical colleagues, representatives from the NGO sectors, plenty of government; and usually a fair few private sector representatives. The latter will include several representatives from China.
This is not a research forum in the traditional sense. We seek sessions designed with next users in mind; and we seek an emphasis on deliberation, whereby participants can query, debate, and even criticize the ideas or innovations we present. As you will see below, we ask for restrictions on the number of presentations per session, and also on the style of Power Points, in an effort to maximize the possibilities for deliberation.
Participation
All projects have already provided estimates of the number of participants that they will send to the 2015 Forum. The programme will also reach out to partners in the region, inviting them to design sessions, and, potentially, to fund additional participants. We expect significant interest from the CGIAR, as well as the donor community; and we will issue invitations to government private sector and government representatives.
As mentioned above, we usually attract a diverse crowd. By way of illustration, our 2013 event attracted 237 delegates, representing 92 different institutions. 34% of participants were based in Lao PDR; 3% in China, 24% in Viet Nam, 8% in Thailand, 14% in Cambodia, and 17% were based outside the region.
The largest proportion of participants (18%) came from regional universities, followed by CGIAR representatives (15%). 13% came from regional NGOs, 10% came from private regional consulting agencies, 9% from government ministries and agencies, 7% from international NGOs, 6% from international universities; 5% from international and regional organisations (UN, MRC etc), 5% from hydropower development and operating agencies, 5% from government research institutes, 3% from donor agencies, 1% from the press and the remainder were community representatives.
This year, we are limiting participation to 250 people. This is because the venue cannot comfortably accommodate more than this. In the coming weeks we will be asking you for the actual names of your project team members who will attend and will need to push other invited participants to RSVP early after receiving their invitation.
Session designs
Unlike many conferences, the agenda is not set when we announce the event. While many might think this odd, we do it in this way because we like it to be developed as an iterative process.
All 15 WLE Greater Mekong Focal Region projects are expected to develop, plan and implement a session. If a project wishes to work together with other projects to implement the session, this is fine. Having said that, we would not want all four projects in the Healthy Rivers Topic organizing just one session. By way of guideline, if there are four projects in your topic and you all want to work together, we would expect two sessions.
As a consequence, a maximum of 15 sessions will be occupied by WLE Greater Mekong projects. The remaining five, along with the ten special sessions will be farmed out to interested, non-WLE Greater Mekong partners. Who gets to have these sessions will be evaluated by the WLE, based on (a) relevance to the forum; (b) the value that they may add to the programme as a whole; and (c) whether or not session proponents will be funding some element or part of the forum.
Partnering to design and implement a session does not have to be restricted to WLE Greater Mekong projects. Indeed, we encourage you to partner with non-WLE projects and actors if you wish.
Sessions vary in length from 1.5 to 2 hours. Projects can propose a session that cuts across a ‘block’, to yield a three-hour session, with a coffee break in between. We would need, however, a rationale for why this should happen. A decision on whether or not to authorize this would, in part, be related to how much demand there is from non-WLE partners to run and implement sessions.
As mentioned above, sessions should emphasise deliberation. As such, we want as much time as possible available for discussion so we impose limits on the number of presentations. If you think you want presentations in your session, then:

§ There should be no more than three.
§ Slides should be image heavy and with little or no text.
§ Each presentation should be limited to no more than five slides.

We would welcome alternate ways in which to display your activities, ideas and innovations. The forum has no separate poster session, so by all means consider decorating your session room with posters, around which discussions can be catalyzed. Other ways and methods are encouraged.
We are currently running a two parallel session format with each room holding about 125 delegates. We also have access to a side event room. In the past, this has been used to accommodate ‘special’ sessions if demand is high. This has a 60-65 person capacity. Ideally, though, it will be used for internal project events; the presentation of films, or book launches; and better still, to hold quirky and unusual events that would otherwise be uncomfortable in the more conventional forum spaces.
Session focus
WLE Greater Mekong is has only just begun; the innovations we hope to generate are in no state to be presented Two options for forum focus therefore present themselves: (a) to design sessions that advance your own project agendas. For example, MK20 might want to hold a session that debates what governance means; or the healthy rivers projects might want to engage participants into thinking about how to merge biophysical indicators of riverine health with social and economic ones. (b) To build on what has already been done: for example, WLE’s governance projects could partner with the previous two CPWF governance projects, thereby designing a session that focuses on the innovations that these projects developed, and extends them into the future.
These are just suggestions. We are very happy to consider others.
Session Planning
Session plans are entered into the Forum Planning Book, which is located here. Those of you who have been involved in the forum before will be familiar with the Workbook. It allows us to track planning, to evaluate session content and design, and helps us to support you.
Presently, we are offering up the sessions on a first come first served basis, so get in there quick to make sure you have a session slot. We have room for 20 sessions, and ten ‘special’ sessions. Remember, one or two projects can collaborate to create a session, four or more projects must design two. In order to do this, simply click the link about. Identify in the first spreadsheet (‘Agenda’) which session slot(s) you would like. Click on the relevant session, and you’ll be taken straight to the planning page. You can also simply scroll along the bottom. Note that ‘Special Sessions’ are at the end of the spreadsheet, listed as SS1, SS2...etc.
Most of the details we seek are self-explanatory. Here is some explanation of those that might not be:
Lead planners: provide the names and email addresses of those who have lead on the session plan. It is these people we will contact with respect to the session.
Chairperson: not required, but we have experience of some session planners who feel that it would be appropriate to have a dignitary chairing a session.
Facilitator: required, given the emphasis on deliberation. If you don’t have some one from your team who can do this, indicate ‘Please supply’ and we’ll organize it.
Output: every session needs to deliver an output. A brief report is, of course, acceptable, but is, frankly, terribly dull. We would hope for alternative ways of showing what happened in your session, the best quotes from it, the key take-away messages and any other fun and entertaining output.
Description: concise, clear and compelling. This text is what will appear in printed versions of the agenda.
In the months that follow, you will also fill in subsequent sections:
Sequence: we require detail here – how will the session unfold from minute 0 through to the end. You can look at how session planners did it from the 2013 forum here. For each item in the sequence, identify who will be leading/in charge in the right hand column. Please add (or subtract) rows as necessary.
Layout: this refers to how you would seating and tables to be organized during your session. The most common arrangement is ‘round table’ (obviously, round tables with chairs), but you can also request alternative layouts.
Equipment: this refers to microphones, LCD projectors, projection screens, flip charts, felt-tips, or other equipment that you will need for the session. Please list here.
Staff support: if you need us to provide additional staff to help you through a session, please indicate here.
The venue

The forum will be held at the Hotel Cambodiana. A map is located here. This is the same venue that we used for our 2011 Forum. It is centrally located and on the Mekong.

This workshop brought together research fellows, mentors and colleagues who are currently involved in the project titled “Capacity Building and Professional Development of Water Governance and Regional Development Practitioners in the Mekong, Salween and Red river basins.” The project aims to strengthen the capacity for undertaking research and policy engagement of scholars and practitioners of water, land and energy use and governance in the Red, Mekong and Salween river basins. A cross-cutting focus of the project is research on gender and other forms of social marginalization.
The objectives of the workshop were:

  • Support fellows’ analysis of data collected in their fieldwork
  • Support fellows’ preparation of a conference paper that will highlight the main research findings (to be presented at the WLE Forum in November 2016)
  • Advise fellows on the remaining period of the fellowship, including the production of the research report, policy brief, and second blog