On 4 December 2015, IUCN, as a part of the BRIDGE programme, facilitated the second consultation meeting on the ‘Common Framework for Water Ecology Assessments in the 3S Basins’ theme. The consultation, attended by stakeholders from both the government and academic sectors in Cambodia, Viet Nam and Lao PDR, build on the outcomes of the first consultation meeting held in February 2015 . The first consultation meeting introduced BRIDGE stakeholders to an indicator-based approach to the framework development and gathered their feedback on the next steps that BRIDGE could support towards its operationalisation.
The second consultation was organized with the following objectives:
1. Re-confirming the framework objectives to ensure that the framework best addresses each country’s needs and considers each countries’ resources and situation.
2. Defining a common set of considerations for inclusion and assessment within the framework.
The second consultation was beneficial in furthering the concept of a trans-boundary water ecology assessment framework, with participants offering constructive input on issues that are of importance in their respective countries. Participants also suggested that IUCN should work with National Mekong Committees (NMCs) and form Working Groups in each of the 3S countries to further develop and promote the idea of a trans-boundary water ecology assessment framework. For more information on the outcomes of the second consultation meeting, please read the report, downloadable from the link below.