Towards a Multi-Stakeholder Platform in the Mekong Basin

Partner Publication Published: June 2017

The UNDP Shared Waters Partnership (SWP), hosted by SIWI, undertook a broad survey and analysis of relevant non-state actors to identify opportunities and entry points to improve engagement between state and non-state stakeholders in the Mekong River Basin. The results indicate an overwhelming interest to form a new Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) that complements existing institutions and networks to directly enhance regional intergovernmental processes, stakeholder engagement and regional cooperation.

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Recommendations

The results of the survey and the discussion with stakeholders in the meeting in Bangkok in November 2016 indicate that a Mekong Basin MSP could take on the below priorities and structure:

Priorities

– Improve dialogue, networking and cooperation
– Coordinate activities and intervention
– Capacity building
– Provide regional dimension to national level consultation
– Represent views from all countries in a shared vision
– Promote shared benefits across the basin
– Influence donor strategies
– Facilitate learning and information sharing
– Influence official platforms (MRC and LMC)
– Knowledge dissemination to bridge policy and science
– Establish neutral platform
– Reconcile conservation and development agendas

Design

– A small Secretariat, hosted by an existing legal entity
– Broad outreach functions
– Independent, neutral, impartial
– Strong legitimacy and good relations with stakeholders, both non-state actors and official governments

Potential hosts

– University or consortium of universities
– SIWI, IUCN, WWF, CGIAR/WLE, SUMERNET/SEI, Save the Mekong, VRN, Save the Salween