|| about the programme
The management of the MWBP is to be carried out as follows:
|•||GEF Executing Agency – UNDP Lao PDR|
|•||Implementing Agencies |
| ||•||IUCN – The World Conservation Union, Asia Regional Office, Bangkok|
| ||•||Mekong River Commission (MRC)|
|•||Focal Government Agencies |
| ||•||Ministry of Environment, Cambodia,|
| ||•||Living Aquatic Resources Research Centre, (LARReC), Lao PDR, |
| ||•||Office of Natural Resources and Environment Policy and Planning, (ONEP), Thailand|
| ||•||Vietnam Environment Protection Agency, (VEPA), Vietnam|
Programme Management Unit based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, adjacent to the IUCN office and nearby the new MRCS building. Staff include the UNDP Programme Team Leader, IUCN Programme Manager and MRC Programme Manager. Technical staff include an ecologist, environmental economist, sustainable livelihoods specialist, communications and training coordinators.
National Programme offices in the focal government agencies, consist of a National Programme Director from government, National Programme Coordinator, a Communications and Training Coordinator, and Species Conservation Specialist (to be appointed in Phase B).
Demonstration Project offices in each of the provinces consist of provincial co-managers (from provincial governments), project co-managers, wetland technical advisers, and outreach officers.
Steering Committees structure
|•||Mekong Wetlands Ministerial Committee – meeting as required to consider policy issues not otherwise considered by MRC Council|
|•||Progress reporting to MRC Joint Committee and MRC Council|
|•||Executive Regional Steering Committee – meeting once a year to guide and approve programme work plans and consider policy issues to be taken forward to MRC or Ministerial Committee|
|•||Programme Management Committee – meeting three to four times per year to guide implementation and approve half yearly budgets|
|•||National Steering Committees meeting twice a year to guide national work planning and consider national policy issues|
|•||Provincial Steering Committees meeting twice per year to guide the work in the demonstration sites|
|•||Technical Advisory Committees to advise national and provincial levels when work covers more than one province|
Mekong Wetland Coordination Forum – is an annual meeting of international and regional organisations working on wetland conservation and sustainable use in the Mekong. The forum will provide an opportunity for sharing of information and raising of issues and concerns of non-governmental and technical organisations, so that these can be brought to the attention of the regional and national government committees.