Since its establishment in 1995, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) has strived to develop work programmes and strategies that best serve its mission to provide effective support for sustainable management and development of water and related resources. Over the years, with a vision to bring about an economically prosperous, socially just and environmentally sound Mekong River Basin, we have placed regional cooperation and basin-wide planning at the heart of our operation.
Moving towards a new level of maturity, in early 2011 we endorsed two key strategies, the Integrated Water and Related Resources Management (IWRM)-based Basin Development Strategy, and the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, that shape a more comprehensive and new direction for the agency.
The IWRM-based strategy provides regional and transboundary perspectives for basin development planning, representing over a decade of collaboration between Member Countries on their shared understanding of the river’s opportunities and risks associated with development.
Meanwhile, the strategic plan for the 2011-2015 period will support the implementation of this Strategy as well as providing a platform for the MRC’s plan to decentralise core functions of the MRC Secretariat to the national level.
Visions and Mission
VISION for the Mekong River Basin
An economically prosperous, socially just and environmentally sound Mekong River Basin
VISION for the Mekong River Commission
A world class, financially secure, International River Basin Organisation serving the Mekong countries to achieve the basin Vision
MISSION of the Mekong River Commission
To promote and coordinate sustainable management and development of water and related resources for the countries' mutual benefit and the people's well-being
Ministerial delegates from the MRC Council today reaffirmed the organisation’s relevance as a regional cooperation platform as it agreed on key issues
Accelerating basin-wide studies to reduce negative impacts and battling natural disaster woes are among key priorities for Mekong nations
Intensified and balanced interactions are key to achieve practical goals to tackle climate change woes amidst increased water, energy and food demands, concluded an International Conference
Some to about 60 million people, the Lower Mekong River Basin has experienced rapid development, urbanisation and population growth which have adverse effects on the Mekong resources
The 1st Rhine-Mekong Symposium concluded that although the two basins are different, they share common challenges which provide a basis for potential cooperation amongst their river basin organisations.