International Conference on regional integration, integrated water resource management anddevelopment in the Mekong(0927)

A Greater Mekong? Poverty, integration and development
26-27 September 2007
University of Sydney, Australia
In September 2007, the Australian Mekong Resource Centre and AusAID will co-host an
international conference on regional integration, integrated water resource management and
development in the Mekong. The conference will:
  • contribute to public awareness, discussion and debate over the direction of Australia’s aid program, in light of directions indicated in the 2006 White Paper
  • provide an update on developments in the Mekong River Basin and Greater Mekong Subregion
  • explore the implications of regional integration, infrastructure development and integrated water resource management for the sustainable well-being of the region’s lower income countries and poorer communities


Participants and speakers at the conference will come from academic, government, NGO,
international organisation and community backgrounds, from around Australia, from Mekong
countries and elsewhere. The conference will include keynote speakers, case studies, panel
discussions and breakout sessions.


Registration
Conference registrations are now open. Please complete the attached registration form (also found on the conference website) and return to conference coordinators by 9 September 2007 via the submit registration button on the registration form or by printing and faxing the form to +61 2 9351 8627. There is no fee for the conference.


Website
The conference website is now online at: www.mekong.es.usyd.edu.au/conference07. Please refer to the website for general information and conference updates. The website contains information about conference program and papers, registration, conference location, visas and travel and accommodation options.


Paper submissions
TERIA FOR PAPER AND PANEL ACCEPTANCE
The conference program largely consists of invited speakers. In addition, submission of proposals for a limited number of conference papers is invited for presentation in breakout sessions based on the themes set out below. The format of these sessions will involve 2-3 paper presentations; a panel based discussion by an invited panel and then open discussion for all session participants. Papers should be 1000-1500 words in length and the presentation will be 10-15 minutes.

Paper submissions should be sent to Lindsay Soutar at lindsay.soutar@geosci.usyd.edu.au with
details of the presenter, proposed breakout session theme, title and abstract. Papers will be selected based on quality and relevance to theme. Please refer to the website for further updates.


The eight session themes for which papers are invited are:


The AusAID White Paper and its implications for the Mekong

  • Making regional integration work for the poor
  • Poverty sustainability and infrastructure
  • Water governance and the Mekong
  • Natural resources and the role of the private sector
  • Civil society and regional institutions
  • China, the GMS and the Lancang-Mekong
  • Energy futures for the Mekong


Conference funding and support
Other than those who have already been offered funding support, participants are required to fund their own travel and accommodation. Lunches and refreshments will be provided free of charge to those who have registered. There is no registration fee.


Contact details
Conference Coordinator
Australian Mekong Resource Centre
School of Geosciences
University of Sydney
Tel: +61 2 9351 7796/ Fax +61 2 9351 8627
Email: mekong@mail.usyd.edu.au or lindsay.soutar@geosci.usyd
Conference website: www.mekong.es.usyd.edu.au/conference07

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