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GIZ advisor to Mekong River Commission

Maria Koenig has been working on transboundary water management at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH since 2009. She currently works as an advisor to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) based at the Secretariat in Vientiane, Laos. In that role she inter alia supports the development and uptake of MRC tools, guidelines and strategies for sustainable hydropower development including the Rapid Basin-wide Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tool (RSAT) and supports the strengthening of MRC's water diplomacy function, e.g. during the prior consultation process for proposed hydropower projects. Before coming to Southeast Asia she worked for five years in Central Asia as advisor and team leader within GIZ's Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia Programme, an initiative by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Maria holds an MSc in International Development from Bath University, England, and is a trained systemic organisational development advisor.


Associated sessions

10 May
11:00 - 12:30

Strategic basin planning

Type: Focus session
Co-convenors: The Nature Conservancy

There is growing recognition that site selection is critical for successful hydropower development. There have been attempts to plan at the basin level, with the aim of optimising not only energy systems, but also broader environmental, social,... (Read more)