DELTAS2013: CONFERENCE TOPICS
Seeking Solutions Beyond Unintended Consequences
Presented by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Leadership, et al.
The primary conference theme of moving beyond unintended consequences will focus on Mississippi River management – what the United States has learned and where we are now as a result of various alterations to the river and its delta. The focus will be on the environmental, economic and community consequences the U.S. must now face and overcome, drawing lessons that are relevant to the Mekong Delta and watershed/delta management around the world.
The Mekong Delta: A Long-term Integrated Vision
Presented by the Dutch Government in cooperation with MONRE & MARD
This theme will look at integrated planning and long-term strategies to develop Deltas in a way that leads to environmental, economic and community sustainability. During this session, results from the Mekong Delta Planning process that was undertaken by the Vietnam – Netherlands partnership will be presented.
Community Resiliency & Adaptation to Climate Change in the Mekong Delta
Presented by Oxfam, et al.
This theme will examine how people and communities in the Mekong Delta are adapting to rapidly changing conditions as a result of as sea level rise, subsidence, overall land loss and other environmental factors exacerbated by upstream development scenarios.
The Imperative for Building with Nature & Living with Water
Presented by Deltares / Ecoshape Consortium, et al.
This theme will look at new ways to envision living with water that allow communities to adapt to the many different forces that converge in deltaic regions while meeting the diverse needs of growing and developing populations.
Building a Watershed Network of Informed Decision Makers
Presented by the SIGUR Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University; Stimson Center, The Hague and U.S. Dept. of State Lower Mekong Initiative
This theme will highlight the benefits of building intergovernmental & intra-governmental decision-making support structures for watershed management, including successful science and engineering research and application strategies, tactics to form and nurture institutional knowledge and peer networks around issues of common concern within governments and among national partners, integrated support from NGOs, foundations, and private corporations. The focus will be on trans-boundary coordination and conflict resolution concerning development project scenarios and other issues impacting the Mekong Delta and watershed.
World Deltas: Cooperative Ventures to Share Solutions and Promising Practices
Presented by The World Bank, Deltares and The Delta Alliance, et al.
This theme will address the Mekong Delta by looking at the status of several deltas worldwide, featuring progress, problems, lessons learned, and best managements practices. Overall, the case will be made for cooperation and a common agenda for the world’s community of deltas.
The State of the Science
Presented by the Natural Heritage Institute; Southern Institute for Water Resources Planning; United States Geological Survey; United States Department of Interior, LSU Sea Grant
This theme will look at the current state of the science, research priorities and data sharing needs to support informed decisions related to Mekong Delta ecosystem health and effective overall watershed management.