Summary of publication
The report summarises the progress in 2013-14 of the Australian Mekong Water Resources Program, and provides an assessment of the achievement of outcomes under the Delivery Strategy 2014-2018.
A new Mekong Water Resources Delivery Strategy 2014-18 was approved in May 2014 and many of the new investments outlined in the Strategy commenced in early 2014. While it is too early for a substantial review of progress of these new activities, existing activities have been mapped to the new framework and are reviewed as part of this report. The primary purpose of the program is to strengthen governance of the region’s waterways – important for sustainable economic growth and regional stability. The program does this by focussing on:
- support to water and hydropower regulatory reform in Mekong countries
- lifting the social and environmental standards of those institutions planning, authorising, building and operating water infrastructure
- support for civil society engagement in water planning and decision-making, and
- working to build the Mekong River Commission into a world class river basin organisation.