Ha Long City, Viet Nam, 28 November 2018 — The Mekong River Commission (MRC) and the government of Germany and the European Union today signed agreements worth EUR 8.92 million (approx. $10 million) to enhance Mekong cross-border water cooperation, at the sidelines of the 25th Meeting of the MRC Council.
Ha Long City, Viet Nam, 28 November 2018 — Ministerial delegates from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council today reaffirmed the organization’s reform commitment and regional relevance as it agreed on key issues, including the endorsement of the selected candidate for the MRC Secretariat’s second riparian Chief Executive Officer and the annual work plan for 2019, including priority works.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 29 October 2018 – Existing dams on the Mekong mainstream are not causing major impact on fish production or lowering water levels in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap River and Tonle Sap Lake, says the Mekong River Commission (MRC).
Background informationThe rapid development in the Mekong River region has placed a strong pressure on the Mekong Basin’s water and related resources. In line with the 1995 Mekong Agreement, the Member Countries (MCs) have come together to work for sustainable development of the Mekong River Basin and its resources in order to achieve the basin Vision of an economically prosperous, socially just and environmentally sound Mekong River Basin. Over the past 23 years, the MRC has made several interventions and implemented various frameworks and guidance to create an avenue for an active involvement from the MCs when it comes to water and related resources development and management in the Basin.
In line with the Siem Reap Declaration of the 3rd MRC Summit, Vietnam National Mekong Committee (VNMC) shared with the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) their thoughts on how to strengthen the implementation of the Mekong Agreement 1995 and effectively disseminate results of the Council Study: The study on the sustainable management and development of the Mekong River, including impacts of mainstream hydropower in a workshop in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 9 August 2018.
The Pak Lay hydropower project is proposed on the Mekong mainstream in Pak Lay district, Xayaburi province, in north-western Lao PDR. The proposed project sits downstream of the currently under-construction Xayaburi hydropower station and is 241 kilometers upstream of Vientiane, the capital city of Lao PDR.
The Pak Beng hydropower project is proposed on the Mekong mainstream in the northern territory of Lao PDR. The run-of-river project with capacity of 912 MW and the average annual generation of 4,775 GWh is expected to produce power for domestic supply and export. The dam is located between the Jinghong hydropower project in China and the Xayaburi hydropower project in Laos.
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to 22 November 2014
, Siem Reap, Cambodia