Environment and Water Pillar

Promote dialogue between LMI countries on sound and sustainable environmental management and strengthen capacity within and across LMI partner countries to manage shared water resources, improve water and sanitation access, and develop national and regional capacity to achieve water security and manage increasingly variable water resources while preparing to meet future demands, and link activities, where appropriate, to global and LMI countries’ climate change policy.

1. Promote sound and sustainable natural resource management and climate change policies and improve institutional and human resource capacity to address transnational issues related to natural resources, with particular emphasis on forests, renewable energy, wetlands, and biodiversity.
  • Share best practices in social and natural sciences related to impacts of natural resource management (with emphasis on forests, renewable energy, biodiversity, food security, etc.), perhaps on the margins of other regional dialogues;
  • Improve dialogue between scientists and policy makers to both better inform policy makers, and help scientists identify knowledge gaps that should be addressed through research and sharing of best practices; and
  • Build technical capacity and political awareness to address adaptation and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change on livelihoods, landscapes and ecosystems, including land management, wetlands, wildlife conservation, wildlife trafficking, and sustainable forestry management programs.
2. Strengthen existing regional institutions, cooperation among national institutions, natural resource related research, and ongoing partnerships between LMI countries:
  • Enhance capacity for wildlife management and biodiversity management by sharing and utilizing best practices;
  • Where applicable, build LMI-centric sessions into regional workshops and seminars related to climate change, including impacts of sea-level rise, conservation efforts, wildlife trafficking, forestry practices, clean and renewable energy, and land management.
3. Encourage incorporation of good governance tools for sustainable management of natural resources into the basin development strategy and green growth initiatives into broader national development strategies:
  • Promote political and community support for impact assessments on social, economic, and ecological systems;
  • Promote integration of forests and biodiversity management considerations into broader development strategies supported by MDBs;
  • Promote capacity building through cooperation and technical assistance within and among LMI nations’ technical and relevant agencies;
  • Promote community-based eco-tourism;
4. Improve capacity in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) practices:
  • Strengthen techniques and procedures along internationally accepted standards and conforming to the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER);
  • Build capacity to enhance DRM efforts, including promoting regular training and exercises; and
  • Build upon currently bilateral activities to expand into all LMI countries;
  • Enhance monitoring and early warning systems and preparedness in disaster management and share best practices; and
  • Share environmentally friendly disaster management technologies.
5. Develop better natural weather and climate related natural disaster forecasting tools.
  • Develop and deploy weather forecasting tools, climate change predictive tools, and other climate services that allow identification, production, and timely interpretation of data and information related to weather and climate;
  • Work with local and national governments to develop climate change adaptation strategies as a part of climate resilient development; and
  • Build capacity to respond to potential disasters through training courses, workshops, seminars, etc. on disaster risk reduction and management.
6. Work together to improve sustainable access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in underserved areas to support economic development and poverty alleviation.
  • Provide joint technical support to assist those countries seeking to strengthen their water and sanitation sectors and accelerate progress towards achieving MDG goals.
  • Involve high-level and inter-ministerial coordination around building the institutions, platforms, target-setting and reforms to accelerate water and sanitation coverage.
  • Develop innovative strategies for expanding and sustaining access to services, particularly to the urban poor, through partnerships with water and sanitation companies and operators.
7. Strengthen LMI Partner countries capacity to meet integrated water resource management (IWRM) goals, while building climate resilience.
  • Continue to develop the Forecast Mekong tool and other planning tools to support water management and meet regional watershed management goals.
  • Build capacity to support decision making regarding water resources management and infrastructure development, furthering a sustainable balance at the nexus of water, food, and energy.
  • Continue to strengthen climate resilience planning, particularly in infrastructure design, planning, and operations.
8. Facilitate the introduction of new water technologies, best practices and knowledge to more effectively manage current water resources needs and meet future demands.
  • Continue to advance regional workshops, conferences and technical exchanges on water resources management, technologies and best practices.
  • Build public-private partnerships on water designed to accelerate the introduction of new technologies and facilitate shared knowledge.
9. Support national and regional capacity to manage shared water resources and build transparent, science-based common institutions for the shared development of common water resources.
  • Enhance capacity to implement regional frameworks on water resources utilization, basin development strategy, and to improve studies on the impact of water resources development.
  • Strengthen the ability of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) through national Mekong committees to gather and communicate data to policy makers, including both findings within the Lower Mekong countries and lessons learned from Mississippi-Mekong River Commission (MRC-MRC) exchange program.


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