Vientiane, Lao PDR, 13th Nov 2015
The Mekong River Commission held a Forum on Sustainable Hydropower Planning in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 12 – 13 November 2015. Following the successful Fish and Hydropower Workshop conducted in June 2015, the Forum aimed to engage and raise awareness of wider stakeholders including government officials, hydropower developers, academic and other interested stakeholders on recently developed MRC/ISH tools and guidelines. The Forum content included aspects of baseline information for hydropower planning and management, identification and planning around ecologically sensitive areas, multi-purpose economic evaluation of hydropower, rapid basin-wide hydropower sustainability assessment tool (RSAT), and mitigation guidelines for sustainable hydropower practice. Beside presentations on the results and findings from various ISH studies including recommendations by international study teams the Forum also provided opportunities for in depth discussion with stakeholders on how these products/researches can be implemented in their practice.
Hydropower development on the Mekong River is predicted to intensify water loss and result in an acute reduction in sediment flows, according to findings from a Mekong River Commission (MRC) study released recently through two short technical notes.
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is organizing a writing competition and inviting you to submit a short entry that depicts what the Mekong River means to you as an individual or a citizen of a Mekong country.
The exhibition of winning images of the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) first photo contest, concluded on 31 January 2018, helped increase awareness of the Mekong’s water resources and the necessity for regional cooperation for better management of the ri