Bangkok, Thailand, 24th Feb 2016 - 24th Feb 2016
Bangkok, 24 February 2016 – In the framework of a newly approved five-year development strategy for the lower Mekong River basin, the four member countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam have agreed to develop five bilateral and multilateral joint projects on water and related resources management at a regional workshop in Thailand.
The agreed joint projects include development and management of the Mekong Delta (Cambodia-Viet Nam), cooperative regional assessment of the Sekong, Sesan, and Srepok sub-basins (Cambodia-Lao PDR-Viet Nam), development and management of the Khone falls border area, including monitoring of Don Sahong (Cambodia-Lao PDR), navigation port and safety regulations (Lao PDR-Thailand), and water resources management of the Cambodian-Thai border area (Cambodia-Thailand).
These projects form parts of the five-year National Indicative Plans, the work plans of the four member countries to realize the Mekong River Commission’s Mekong Basin Development Strategy 2016-2020 at the national level. These national plans are expected to implement transboundary priorities and complement the MRC’s regional strategic plan.
In order to work out the joint projects in the national plans, the MRC's Basin Development Plan team organised and facilitated the workshop.
During the workshop, representatives of the four National Mekong Committees and relevant government agencies discussed details of the five joint projects and agreed on the principles. These joint projects are a key mechanism for regional cost and benefit sharing, and have been proposed by two or more member countries to address basin-wide and transboundary issues that one country could not effectively tackle alone.
The national plans are expected to get officially approved by mid-2016, and initial activities in these joint projects would commence later this year.