Using Panels of Experts to Improve Decision-Making
Expert panels can be an effective way of improving the transparency of decision-making, and the knowledge base upon which it is informed. M-POWER is investing more effort in this arena through both initiating the formation of expert panels and participating in them as an active member. Our first panel initiative has been in partnership with the Mekong River Commission to review the Basin Development Plan Phase 2 (BDP2). The panel comprised of internationally and regionally recognized experts in modelling, environmental, hydrological economic and social assessments, scenario analysis and public participation. Our second initiative has been in setting up a team of social and environmental experts to externally peer review draft environmental and social impact assessment reports for a Chinese company planning to build a cascade of dams in Lao PDR.