Presentation on theme: "Integrated Water Resources Management in Laos - Some Data on Flood in Laos and Nam Ngum River Basin 2011 Souphasay Komany Acting Director Nam Ngum River."— Presentation transcript:
1Integrated Water Resources Management in Laos - Some Data on Flood in Laos and Nam Ngum River Basin 2011Souphasay KomanyActing DirectorNam Ngum River Basin Committee SecretariatDepartment of Water ResourcesMinistry of Natural Resources and Environmentand
4Annual Surface Water Availability and Sectoral Consumptive Uses Surface Water Availability: 270 Billion CM34
5History – Regional Context October 1957: Establishment of the Lower “Mekong Commission”, the Secretariat had been based in Bangkok.…………. Mekong Committee. …...1978 – 1995: Interim Mekong Committee.1995: Mekong River Commission.Under the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin (Mekong Agreement 1995);Procedures for Data and Information Exchange and Sharing;Procedures for Water Use Monitoring;Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and AgreementThe Secretariat based in Phnom Phene 1998 – 2003; in Vientiane 2004 – 2010; and Co-host Location between Lao and Cambodia 2010 –
6History – National Context Constitution, Article 17: All organizations and citizens must protect the environment and natural resources: land, underground, forests, fauna, water sources and atmosphere.Environmental Law 1999 specifies necessary principles, rules and measures for managing, monitoring, restoring and protecting the environment in order to protect public, natural resources and biodiversity, and to ensure the sustainable socio-economic development of the nation.
7History – National Context Water Law 1996 paved the way for application of IWRM principles:“determines necessary Principles, rules, and measures relative to the administration, exploitation, use and development of water and water resources in the Lao people's Democratic Republic to preserve sustainable water and water resources and to ensure volume and quality providing for people 's living requirements, promoting agriculture, forestry, and industry, developing the national souci-economy and ensuring that no damage is caused to the environment”.Decree to Implement the Water Law 2001provides officially cross-sectoral framework for coordination and functional arrangement:“The decree establishes the responsibilities of different ministries, agencies and local authorities with regard to the management, exploitation, development and use of water and water resources.The Decree shall also ensure efficient development and use, conformity with the socio-economic development planning, an increase in production, an improvement of the living conditions of the people and sustainable use of water resources”.
8History – National Context Legal and regulatory framework and management tools developed in a less integration and given provisions were too general with the lack of subsidiary legislations. On the other hand, their enforcement were relatively limited;Water Law is considered as framework legislation with limited dissemination and weak enforcement;Lake of supporting subsidiary legislation, regulations and tools;Sectoral planning observably fragmented with insufficient communication with the lack of resources supported for implementation and fully goal achievement;
9History – National Context Previous River Basin / Water Resources Management:No formal RBO in-functioned;No commonly institutional arrangement –project-based arrangement;Sector-based design;Limit coordination on planning and management;Establishment of the Water Resources Coordination Committee (WRCC), 1999:Functional Conflict with the existing Lao National Mekong Committee (LNMC), since over 90% of the Lao territory is within the MRB;Concept of IRBM Confused with Integrated Watershed Management Function;
10History – National Context At the beginning lack of national coordination / management agency (apex body); and later the coordination agency was existed but facing with insufficient authority and less recognition;Lake of human resources and technical capacity;Limited understanding on IWRM at national and local levels;Fragmented, in-updated and unqualified data and information, inconsistent data and information system;
11Present – National Arrangement LNMC – National Water Apex Body as part of its MRC institutional Arrangement;Honorably chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and permanently chaired by WREA; member by vice ministers of line agencies;Former WREA (now MoNRE) – Public Administrative Body brought about IWRM functions into official stage and provide management framework for future IWRM application by considering IRBM as a heart;DWR – Combines LNMCS and WRCCS in one and acts as LNMC Secretariat as part of its national administrative functions;Reconceptionalizing of IRBM and IWM Functions - Agreement between WREA and MAF on River Basin Planning and Landscape Continuum Planning, 2009;Setting up the national Models of RBC: NN RBC and NTNK RBC;
12Mandate of RBCsBased on the Prime Ministerial Decree, no. 293/PM, dated 15 June 20101. Principles:IWRM through consultation and participation development process in river basin area among all involved agencies, including government, private sector, communities and other involved parties;Ensure equitable water resources use and sustainable ecosystem;Apply mechanism for polluter / user pay fee.
13Mandate of RBCs 2. Location: River Basin Committee: Secretariat: Non-permanent organization;Basin-based water resources management;Under the supervision of the LNMCSecretariat:Permanent organization;Institutionally located under and technically supported by WREA (Now is reorganized as under DWR of MoNRE);Has the permaent office location at a province in the basin;Acts as an advisory body and permanent office to the RBC.
14Mandate of RBCs 3. Organization and Membership River Basin Committee: Chaired by one of the provincial governors in the basin and has 5 year rotation;Vice-chaired by vice governors in the basin and the Vice Head of WREA (now is being reorganized as MoNRE);Key National Departments as Members;Key Provincial Divisions in the basin as Members;Representatives of Development Groups (Hydropower, Mining, Industry and Agriculture> in the basin as Members:Representatives of Communities in the basin as Members:Prepresentatives of Multi-ethnic Groups and Mass Organizations in the basin as Members.Secretariat:The DG of RBCS has jurisdictional position as same as DG of Department;Composes of DDGs, Head and Deputy Heads and staff;(Now this structure is being reorganized, which is possibly under the DWR of MoNRE).
17Nam Ngum RB Profile ISSUES: Physical FeaturesArea16,800 square km(7% of national area)Length354 kmWater ResourcesAverage Flow to Mekong River22 billion m3 / year(14% Mekong Flow)Annual Water Use0.9 billion m3Agriculture: 99%Urban: %Industrial: %Land Cover and UseNatural Forest47%Shrub land / Re-growth34%Agriculture8%Grassland7%Water surface3%Urban area0.02%AdministrationNo. of provinces5No. of District19Population502,000 persons(9% of Lao PDR)ISSUES:- lack of knowledge, experiences and inadequate capacity;water use for various purposes;hydropower development;irrigation schemes have increasingly developed throughout the basin;lack of sub-basin management plansimpact from water related disaster – flood & drought.
18Major Sectoral Water Resources Development in the Nam Ngum River Basin Major DebvelopmentPresent SituationFuture ExpectationHydropower5 Projects (2011)14 Projects (2020)Irrigation58,000 Ha (2004)Maximum Potential: 150,000 HaDomestic Water Use326,000 m3/Month (2006)482,500 m3/Month (2020)Tourism250,000 visitors (2010)1,600,000 visitors (2020)Medium and Major MiningOver 34 Projects (2007)Expected to be largely increasedMedium and Major Industries197 plants (2008)Other water usesIncreasing
21NN IWRM Planning Initiatives Key Result Areas:Building Capacity to Manage the NNRB;Sustainable Water Use;Optimization Hydropower Outcomes;Developing the Irrigation Potential of the Basin;River Sub-basin Management;Reducing Risks and Impacts from Water Relate Disasters.
22Flood Characteristics in Laos and NNRB Floods are by far the most damaging of all the natural disasters the strike the Lao PDR.The central and southern regions are most affected by the frequent floods.Flooding is a regular occurrence in the Nam Ngum River Basin and casing economic loss, social hardship and the times loss life.Flooding is also important for the maintenance of riparian and aquatic ecosystems and also contributes to improve the fertility of soils.Flooding on the Vientiane Plains is a serious and complex problem caused by waters from the Nam Ngum River , the unregulated Nam Lik River and interaction with the waters of the Mekong river.
23Luangprabang Province Flood in urban center and adjacentXiengkhuang ProvinceHistorical flsah flood of two districtsBolikhamxay ProvinceFlood along the Mekong on the Road No.13Vientiane ProvinceFlash flood of Vangvieng and Kasi DistrictsSaravan and Sekong ProvincesHistorical flash flood to urban and adjacent districtsVientiane CapitalFlood in urban districtsKhammuan ProvinceFlood along the Mekong on road No. 13 and Xebangfai RiverChampasack ProvinceFlood at the river mount of Sedone River
25Flood damage and impacts in Nam Ngum (2011) Provinces affected3 provinces: Xiengkhouang, Vientiane, Vientiane CapitalDistricts affected13Villages affected252People affectedPeople injuredPeople killed8Cost damaged in Nam Ngum> 14 millions USD
26Flood damage and impacts in Nam Ngum (2011) – cont. AgricultureHectares of Rice paddy fields affected3,861.10Irrigation damagedLivestockCattle141 head lostPoultry6,622 head lostFish ponds, fishes and aquaculture179 sites
27Existing and Planned Hydropower Development Plan