Call for Proposals: Coordination of Flows in the Mekong (Lao PDR): Improving regional and national communication and information sharing


Activity Background

The MRC has developed procedures, technical guidelines, strategies and plans to be used by Member Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam) to provide guidance on optimising national planning for basin-wide benefits and avoid, minimise, and mitigate regional costs. However, there has been limited integration of MRC products and deliverables into national systems.

The LNMCS has indicated that the communication, information sharing and interpretation of data from MRC to the line and provincial agencies needs to be enhanced. The priority area to bridge the gap is on coordination of flows using the MRC ‘Procedures for the Maintenance of Flows on the Mainstream (PMFM) Technical Guidelines’ as a foundation. In addition, real- or near real-time hydrological information, as well as flood and drought forecasting information, needs to be linked into the coordination of flows to ensure better preparation and response in managing operational water infrastructure and maintaining flows.

The LNMCS has requested Australia’s support in setting up and piloting processes that can improve data and information uptake, including sharing experiences which demonstrate the implementation of information sharing for flow maintenance. The Nam Ngum River Basin in Lao PDR has been nominated as a pilot basin to demonstrate the coordination of flows because it is a key priority basin with multiple dams from different developers.

Activity Description

The Australian Partner/s selected will work closely with LNMCS on the following key tasks:

  • Review of current documentation, tools and processes that can contribute to flow coordination, while also identifying implementation gaps within the Nam Ngum River Basin.
  • Stocktake of existing information on flow sharing; sharing between dam operations within Lao PDR; and review of existing relevant assessments by MRCS, LNMCS and various line agencies in the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).
  • Institutional assessment of LNMCS and LNMC role and mandate in flow coordination.
  • Summary of Australian and international experiences on flow management and information sharing.
  • Advisory and technical support on scoping a pilot implementation approach towards flow management in the Nam Ngum River Basin with key stakeholders.
  • Support LNMCS and relevant line ministries to engage with the MRC Regional Flood and Drought Management Centre (RFDMC) with linkages to coordinating flows.
  • Support to develop technical guidelines for coordination of flows among key stakeholders in the Nam Ngum River Basin, while providing inputs to RFDMC to integrate dam release information into flood and drought forecasting.
  • Advisory support to LNMCS to implement the coordination of flows in the Nam Ngum River Basin using the developed guidelines.
  • Develop the capacity of LNMCS towards managing the coordination of flows in Lao PDR sections of the Mekong River.

Further description of the activity and a full list of the main tasks is outlined in the Terms of Reference (ToR) provided in Annex A.

Australian Partner/s selected will be required to engage an integrated water resources management (IWRM) specialist/s in Lao PDR for this activity. The Lao specialist/s will be a key focal point for liaising between the Australian Partner and LNMCS and key stakeholders.

View full details and eligibility/selection criteria here.


Veitania LepaniAWP GEDSI Program OfficerE: veitania.lepani@waterpartnership.org.au


Interested partner/s should submit a proposal via the following online form by 5.00pm AEDT, Tuesday 21 December 2021 (using the AMWF Proposal Template provided). Late applications will not be accepted: https://www.cognitoforms.com/AustralianWaterPartnership/awpsubmissionform

The proposal should include a description of the relevant experience of the partner/s, as well as proposed daily remuneration rates based on the AWP Partners Remuneration Framework. Proposals should be a maximum of 25 pages, plus annexes for Curriculum Vitae (CV) with a two page limit on each CV. Appendices and CVs should be included within your application document (max 1 file upload allowed).

The formation of consortiums of partners is encouraged.


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