This document sets out the rationale and orientation of the MRC Initiative on Sustainable Hydropower (ISH) for the MRC Strategic Plan Cycle (2011-2015). The ISH outcome structure and approach for delivering outputs in 2011-2015 follows the path that was identified in the multi-stakeholder regional consultation processes in 2008-2011 to formulate the Initiative, and the direction subsequently set by the MRC Joint Committee. In this, the ISH is implemented as a cross-cutting initiative, working closely with and through other MRC Programmes. This approach enables the MRC to help Member Countries handle the full range of multi-disciplinary issues that are integral to the sustainability challenge for hydropower in the Mekong context. The 2011-2015 outputs build on the multi-year ISH Work Plan approved by the MRC Joint Committee in July 2009, and the 2009-2010 Implementation Plan (PIP Document). These outputs have been updated to reflect the strategic achievements and practical lessons drawn from ISH implementation experience in 2009, and in 2010 to-date. They reflect also the evolving situation with hydropower policy, regulation and practice in LMB countries, recognizing that the situation is dynamic. The main document reviews considerations for sustainable hydropower in the Mekong context, together with the main drivers of change in hydropower that influence regional cooperation fo
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