About MRC

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is the only inter-governmental organisation that works directly with the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam to jointly manage the shared water resources and the sustainable development of the Mekong River.

 As a regional facilitating and advisory body governed by water and environment ministers of the four countries, the MRC ensures the efficient and mutually beneficial development of the Mekong River while minimising the potentially harmful effects on the people and the environment in the Lower Mekong Basin.

The MRC is a platform for water diplomacy and regional cooperation in which member states share the benefits of common water resources despite different national interests. It also acts as a regional knowledge hub on water resources management that helps to inform the decision-making process based on scientific evidence.

The MRC looks across all sectors, including fisheries sustainability, identification of opportunities for agriculture, freedom of navigation, sustainable hydropower, flood management, preservation and conservation of important ecosystems. It also helps its member states face the future effects of more extreme floods, and prolonged drought and sea level rise associated with climate change. In providing its advice, the MRC aims at facilitating dialogue among governments, the private sector, and civil society.

It is one of the few international organisations that are governed by a specific set of rules developed to coordinate technical cooperation among its members. Since its establishment in 1995 by the signing of the Mekong Agreement, the MRC has adopted a series of procedures, namely the Procedures for Water Quality, Procedures for Data and Information Exchange and Sharing, Procedures for Water Use Monitoring, Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement, and Procedures for Maintenance of Flows on the Mainstream, to provide a systematic and uniform process for the implementation of this accord.

The MRC Secretariat is the operational arm of the organisation with a staff of 65 based in two main offices in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Vientiane, Lao PDR. National Mekong Committees in each member state coordinate work at the national level.

China and Myanmar, the upstream countries of the Mekong River Basin, are Dialogue Partners of the MRC. The Commission engages a wide range of stakeholders in its strategies, plans and work.

 The MRC is funded through contributions from the four Member Countries and development partners (country governments, development banks, and international organisations). 

Read more about the MRC

History: Cooperation in coordinated planning among the Mekong countries has a long history. >> more

Organisational Structure: The MRC consist of three permanent bodies: The Council, the Joint Committee, and the Secretariat. >> more

Upstream Partners: In 1996 The MRC held its first Dialogue Meeting with its Dialogue Partners China and Myanmar.  >> more

The following links provide access to the original documents, wherever possible, of key MRC agreements, policies and strategies, procedures and guidelines:

Agreement

Approved Procedures

Technical Guidelines

Strategic Plans

MRC Summit

Latest News

The Mekong River Commission is striking a balance between development and protection of the Mekong river

A major infrastructure project on the Mekong mainstream, the Pak Beng Hydropower Project in Oudomxay Province of Laos, is currently undergoing a prior consultation process of the Mekong River Commission (MRC). The Commission is serious about this process

MRC’s 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum on Pak Beng Hydropower Project addresses stakeholder concerns

5 May 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR – About 200 participants of various stakeholder groups gathered in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR for the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum of the proposed Pak Beng Hydropower Project.

Mekong and Mississippi River Commissions further collaborate in exchanging water management experiences

Members of the Mekong River Commission Council spent five days in the Lower Mississippi Valley in the United States beginning April 2, 2017 arriving in Memphis, Tennessee and travelled to numerous locations in the region as the guests of the Mississippi R