9-11 November 2016
Bangkok, Thailand
Prince Palace Hotel

The Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy has now concluded. We thank all participants and partners for joining us for this exciting regional knowledge-sharing event.

The 2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water and Food was implemented by the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems, with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian government and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The 2016 forum was co-hosted by: The Centre for Social Development Studies, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
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In addition, we received generous support from WWF in the Greater Mekong, giz, and the Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE). Thank you.

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Forum Themes
All sessions at the 2016 event will fall into one or more of the following themes:

Extreme climatic conditions, and the rapid development of the Greater Mekong’s water resources are challenging existing governance structures in the region; and leading to the emergence of new governance forms. Sessions in this theme will explore these new architectures, and the degree to which they contribute towards water sustainability across the region.
Resettlement is a complex process and remains a significant challenge in the Greater Mekong and an important driver of regional migration. Sessions under this theme will explore why this is and how resettlement safeguards may or may not be the best mechanisms to effectively deal with gender and diversity.
Concern for the impact of water development on regional food supplies remains a serious issue – not least since the launch of the Vietnamese Government’s Delta Study during the 2015 Forum. Sessions under this theme will explore how reductions in food production as a result of water infrastructure can be equitably replaced; and they will consider how water infrastructure can be designed and operated to maximize food production potentials.
Monitoring the state of the region’s rivers is a significant challenge; but nevertheless essential to their effective management. Across the region, River Basin Organizations (RBOs) are faced with making decisions over water resources with little baseline information on the state of the region’s rivers. Sessions in this theme will explore options available for the cost-effective monitoring of the region’s rivers.
Across the region, catchments are being altered by (land, mining and other) concessions, leading to changes in water quality and quantity. Sessions under this theme will consider these impacts and ways in which catchment management can be improved to address these changes.
A key driver of water development and energy investments is growing energy markets. Sessions under this theme will consider how energy markets can be better managed (through, for example, demand-side conservation), and the mix of energy sources that can help these to be more efficient. They can also explore energy investment trends and the implications of these.
This is not a research conference.

The forum is designed for knowledge users: government and development agencies, the private sector and research-for-development practitioners. We emphasise deliberation and listening, query and debate.

Who attended the Forum?

At the 2015 Forum, we welcomed 306 participants, representing 139 institutions. Of the latter, 13% were Cambodian, 9% Chinese, 13% Laotian, 17% Myanmar, 13% Thai, 17% Vietnamese and 19% international.

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Of the institutions that participated in 2015, 20% were regional universities, 13% were regional NGOs, 12% were international NGOs, 10% were international universities, 9% were regional government, 7% were international research agencies, and the remainder other types of agencies (including 3% who were private sector, and 4% international government).

The Forum welcomes:
Solutions. Active listening. Constructive criticism. Curiosity.
Diplomacy. Diversity. Empathy. Energy. Humour. Intelligence.
Mutual Respect. Open-mindedness. Patience. Query.
The purpose of the forum is:

• Improved water-related discussions between often stakeholders with differing interests.
• Well-managed and informal discussions on difficult and controversial water-related discussions.
• Cross-regional learning on nexus-related issues, and networking.
• Interfacing research-based solutions with a non-technical public, policy-makers and the private sector.
• Providing would-be users with an opportunity to deliberate and query potential solutions.

The forum will be held at the Prince Palace Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

We have booked four spaces here:
• Session Room 1: the Racha 1 meeting room, with a capacity of 300 pax seated at round tables.
• Session Room 2: the Racha 2 meeting room, with a capacity of 300 pax seated at round tables.
• Session Room 3: the Patcharawadee 1 & 2 meeting rooms, with a capacity for 100 pax seated at round tables.

The Patcharawadee 3 meeting room, with a capacity for 50 pax seated at round tables, has also been reserved for additional, special events. A plan of the meeting area is provided below.

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For information on how to get to the hotel, please refer to these detailed instructions.

The forum was covered by a variety of media outlets, including Thai PBS, the Bangkok Post and the Nation.

2015 Forum

View the proceedings and outputs from the 2015 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy.

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