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Objectives & outputs
Due to the complexity of the programme, the outputs are presented first at the regional level and then at generic/national/demonstration site level. A clearly defined programme objective and detailed outputs will ensure the programme is accountable for achieving its goal.

Development goal: The conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in the wetlands of the Lower Mekong Basin.

Programme purpose: Strengthened capacity at regional, national and local levels for wetland biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in the Lower Mekong Basin.

Immediate objective indicators:

Regional level:
Mekong inter-governmental institutions, such as the MRC, incorporating conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in their day-to-day operations
Regional non-government stakeholders contributing actively in an ongoing Regional Wetland Coordination Forum
Multilateral organisations operating in the Lower Mekong region, such as Asian Development Bank, World Bank using the wetland conservation and sustainable use principles, policies, and management tools developed by the programme for use in the Mekong basin
Other countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region taking due consideration of wetland issues in upstream developments

National level
Wetland institutions in each country such as National Mekong Committees, National Ramsar Committees, National Wetland Committees etc. functioning effectively to promote the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands
Ministries and departments that have principal responsibility for wetlands and wetland resources incorporating conservation and sustainable use of wetlands in their day-to day operations
Other line agencies and departments involved with infrastructure developments taking wetlands into account in their policies and planning
Civil society organisations in each country contributing actively to wetland policy and planning issues through ongoing national networks

Local level
Provincial level planning mechanisms taking wetlands into account used by provinces both inside and outside of the demonstration sites
Local community based institutions using wetland resource management skills and tools developed by the programme, both inside and outside the demonstration sites


Regional Output 1.1: Regional and national support structures for all programme activities established and operational

Regional Output 1.2:
Regional networks of wetland specialists and managers developed to build upon and share wetland management experiences

Regional Output 1.3: Regional guiding principles developed for conservation of Lower Mekong Basin wetlands

Regional Output 1.4: Potential biological and economic changes arising from alterations to the hydrological regime of the Lower Mekong Basin assessed

Regional Output 1.5: Ramsar Convention supported throughout the region

Regional Output 1.6: Tools developed and used to integrate wetland biodiversity considerations into regional development planning

Regional Output 1.7: Wetland biodiversity assessment and training tools produced for the Lower Mekong Basin

Regional Output 1.8: Regional Red Data Book of threatened plants and animals published

Regional Output 1.9: Regional initiative to address the potential impacts of invasive alien species

Regional Output 1.10: Wetland biodiversity conservation issues, including illegal trade in wetland species, integrated into existing regional training initiatives

Generic National Output 1: National specialists are active in regional networks of wetland specialists and managers

Generic National Output 2: Ramsar Convention strengthened in the country

Generic National Output 3: Policy recommendations for wetland management formulated in each country

Generic National Output 4: National Wetland Action Plan (or similar) prepared and implemented

Generic National Output 5: Awareness of wetland biodiversity conservation and managed issues raised for senior decision-makers

Generic National Output 6: Training tools developed for wetland conservation and management in the country

Generic National Output 7: Strengthened inter-sectoral planning and management in the provincial demonstration area

Generic National Output 8: Participatory community-based management in the demonstration area strengthened

Generic National Output 9: Sustainable use of wetland biodiversity products promoted in the demonstration area

Generic National Output 10: Networks of resource users strengthened in the demonstration area

Generic National Output 11: Increased understanding of economic and livelihood values at the provincial level

Generic National Output 12: Economic value of wetlands functions and products in the demonstration area articulated

Generic National Output 13: Training programmes operating in the demonstration area

Generic National Output 14: Dissemination of demonstration area results and lessons learned