Investigating Alternative Engagement Approaches
M-POWER is exploring the potential of alternative approaches for engaging in energy-, food- and water-related deliberative dialogues, diplomacy, negotiation and decision-making in the Mekong Region. Our agenda is driven by concerns about the individual and collective impacts of potential large-scale hydropower and irrigation developments.
We are conducting deliberative dialogues with the aim of realizing more open, inclusive and transparent decisions about the development and placement of projects and plans relating to energy, food and water. This aim further extends to decisions regarding functions and the sharing of risks and benefits framed within the broader environmental and social context. Better decision-making processes are expected to contribute to reducing the negative social and environmental impacts of the implementation and operation of major projects and plans in the Mekong Region.
M-POWER has responsibility for establishing and nurturing multi-stakeholder platforms (MSP) under Phase 2 of the Challenge Program on Water and Food which aims to ‘increase the benefits derived from hydropower, and to contribute towards minimising negative impacts’. It is one of six integrated projects, and has two components (MSPs and Hydropower Governance).
We use the following definition of MSPs: a 'decision-making body (voluntary or statutory) comprising different stakeholders who perceive the same resource management problem, realize their interdependence for solving it, and come together to agree on action strategies for solving the problem’. MSPs are widely promoted as an institutional setting for participatory water management. They are problem-solving institutional innovations that may be used to democratize water management, to manage conflict, and/or to make water management more efficient.
Find out more about the suite of projects by visiting the CPWF’s Mekong website.