17th Meeting of the MRC Council

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, 24th Jan 2011 - 26th Jan 2011

At its latest highest governing body meeting Mekong countries adopted several basin-wide development strategies.

Water and environment ministers of the Mekong River Commission’s Member Countries, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, endorsed a set of agreements at the MRC Council Meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Observing participants at the event include environmental experts and other regional stakeholders.

Key decisions included:

  • Adoption of a strategy that outlines a set of strategic priorities for the basin-wide sustainable development of water resources, introducing a five-year action plan that addresses both economic opportunities and potential environmental and social impacts;
  • Commitment to protect the river’s water quality against emerging threats by endorsing the Procedures for Water Quality that defines mutually-recognised standards for measurement, monitoring and assessment of quality of water resources in the basin;
  • The launch of an innovative new assessment tool that helps identify, in as little as a week, the most sustainable sites, designs and operation rules for hydropower development in the lower Mekong River Basin; and
  • Approval of MRC Strategic Plan 2011-2015

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International Cooperation and Communication Section
Mekong River Commission
Office of the Secretariat in Phnom Penh (OSP), Cambodia
Tel: + 855-23 425 353
Fax: + 855-23 425 363
Email: Khy@mrcmekong.org

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