Online Workshop on National Pilot Implementation Progress Update under the WEF Nexus Framework

April 26, 2024 | Khon Kaen, Thailand

Online Workshop on National Pilot Implementation Progress Update under the WEF Nexus Framework

The project, titled “Triangular Cooperation on Sustainable Development in the Lower Mekong Basin based on the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus” or the “RoK UNOSSC Facility Phase 3” and P-LINK, was launched in 2021 with the purpose of enhancing access to water, food, and energy for vulnerable communities in the Lower Mekong Basin (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam). 

As part of efforts to support national pilot implementation, the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) have been collaborating with other institutions, including the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS), Mekong Institute (MI), and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) of Korea. Together, we joined hands to enhance the knowledge of stakeholders in national pilot design and indicators, as well as to promote professional and personal networks for implementing the national pilot. 

In this context, MI is proposing a follow-up activity on “National Pilot Implementation Progress Update under the WEF Nexus Framework.” This virtual event will be organized via Zoom Online on April 26, 2024. The participants who attended the ToT Workshop on “Advancing Water-Energy-Food Nexus Pilot Implementation in the Lower Mekong Basin,” which concluded in October 2023, will be asked to reconvene at this event. The overarching objective of this online workshop is to gather participants to share updates on the progress and outcomes of their national pilots. Moreover, the event will serve as a platform for connecting them to share specific challenges encountered during project implementation and discuss strategies for overcoming them.

  •  To track the most updated progress and current status of each national pilot project
  • To identify specific challenges/issues that hinder the progress of pilot implementation and foster the exchange of knowledge and ideas among participants involved in different phases of implementation
  • To introduce the second capacity-building program and collect participants’ suggestions for program design 

The total duration for your presentation is 20 minutes, followed by a 5-minute Q&A session after each country presentation.

  1. Provide an overview of the current status of your pilot project. This may include details such as the stage of implementation (e.g., conducting baseline study, awaiting official endorsement, or installing devices/tools).
  2. If your pilot project is still in progress, identify the key factors that have contributed to slowing down or obstructing its progress.
  3. Reflect on three significant challenges you have encountered since the inception of the project and discuss the strategies or solutions you implemented or planned to overcome these challenges.
  4. Considering potential future issues related to your technology type, what capacity-building needs or additional
    support might the local community require once the pilot project is successfully implemented? For instance, training
    for local technicians on system/equipment maintenance, plans for annual upgrades, performance monitoring and
    evaluation, etc. 
  5. Propose any future recommendations and explore potential opportunities for applying or expanding the technology to adjacent communities. This could involve discussing strategies for scalability or further collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

April 26, 2024 – 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm (GMT+7)
Via Zoom Online

Mr. Chakdao Sudsanguan
Program Officer, Sustainable Energy and Environment Department
Mekong Institute
Tel: +66 4320 2411 ext. 4106
Email: chakdao@mekonginstitute.org

Ms. Jian (Tina) Wang
Program Manager, Sustainable Energy and Environment Department
Mekong Institute
Tel: +66 4320 2411 ext. 4101
Email: jwang@mekonginstitute.org

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