The U.S. Department of State (DOS), IBM, University of Virginia and Pact organized a two-day Mekong Water Data Expert Meeting at IBM Center, Washington D.C., on April 3-4, 2019. Participants included more than 60 water experts, scientists and data specialists representing over 40 international public and private institutions, including the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Mekong countries Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, universities and research groups, international development partners and NGOs, and private companies.
The Mekong Water Data Experts Meeting was the fourth in a series of international discussions in support of the Mekong Water Data Initiative (MWDI) – launched under the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) in 2017 - and the first step toward implementing the 2018 Joint Statement to Strengthening Water Data Management and Information Sharing in the Mekong. The overarching objectives of this meeting were 1) to discuss challenges limiting water data access, share promising solutions, address policy barriers and devise a plan for scaling and adoption, and 2) to identify collaborative actions that the MRC, LMI Members, FLM and other stakeholders can take advance data access and management in the region.
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