Drought Management Strategy For the Lower Mekong Basin 2020 - 2025

The objectives and strategic goals of the Drought Management Strategy 2020-2025 are formulated based on the objectives and strategic goals of the Drought Management Programme 2011-2015, which were defined through a number of national and regional consultations to incorporate the needs of the Member Countries into the proposed outputs and action plans for implementation.

The need for drought management work in the MRC's programmes was recognised in 2010 and on 4 March 2011, the four MRC Member Countries reaffirmed their need for moving forward with developing an effective regional drought risk assessment for the LMB in 2013, national studies and fact - finding missions between 2013 and 2017 and a regional study on land and water resources analysis in 2017 - 2018. The draft drought strategy report was discussed at a regional consultation workshop on 12 December 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. National consultation workshops were held in February and March 2018 and a second regional consultation workshop was held on 26 February 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. After approval of the draft Drought Management Strategy 2020 - 2025 by the MRC Joint Committee, the following tasks will follow:

- Based on the strategy preparatory works, formulate a draft five - year project work plan, including detailes bankable project components, and elaborating the details of the action plan;

- Review of the draft work lan and action plan by the four countries;

- Conduct a regional workshop to discuss the detailed work plan and action plan;

- Finalise the action plan and the detailed project components;

Incorporate the drought management five - year work plan into the MRC's annual work programme under the new structure of the Regional Flood and Drought Management Centre (RFDMC).

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