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Cover v23   01 April 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC's 25th Anniversary: A time to look back and see what lies next

It has been 25 years since Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam – all members of the MRC – signed on 5 April 1995 the Mekong Agreement to develop and protect the Southeast Asia’s mighty Mekong River. Dr An Pich Hatda, who is the MRC Secretariat CEO, spoke with Khmer Times on what the organisation has achieved and faced, and key challenges facing the Mekong River and ways forwards.
Main MRC Home page banner 25 02 v2   17 March 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Campaign launched to celebrate 25th Anniversary of MRC, inspire river protection

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 16 March 2020 – The Mekong River Commission has launched a social media campaign in which all nationalities can enter and stand a chance to win different prizes. 
Cover v22   13 March 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Japan provides $3.9 million to tackle Mekong flood and drought issues

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 13 March 2020 – The government of Japan today granted JPY 412 million or approximately US$3.9 million to the Mekong River Commission in advancing its flood and drought monitoring and forecasting functions. 
IMG 6026 1   04 March 2020 , Pursat, Cambodia

Safeguarding livelihoods for fishing communities in Mekong Countries

Pursat, Cambodia, 4 March 2020 – The community at Dun Ei, a fishing village 180 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh, has been making a living through fishing along the Pursat River for generations. In recent years, however, river structures, such as dams and dikes, have been preventing fish from migrating upstream to their spawning and rearing grounds. For most of the year, fish have become scarce along the Pursat, forcing villagers to leave their homes in search of work. Those left behind face difficult livelihood and an uncertain future. 
007   24 February 2020 , Thailand

Pilot program to monitor impacts from Xayaburi and Don Sahong takes off

Norng Khai, Thailand, 24 February 2020 – Officials and experts from the lower Mekong countries kicked off the Mekong River Commission’s pilot program to monitor transboundary environmental impacts from the Xayaburi and Don Sahong dams to advise on measures to address any negative effects from the existing and future Mekong mainstream hydropower projects. 
Cover v20   20 February 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Stakeholders visiting Xayaburi dam continue calling for the developer to share operation rules, environmental monitoring data

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 20 February 2020 – Government officials and stakeholders suggested that the Xayaburi hydropower developer share information on the dam operation with the lower Mekong countries for better planning and management.
Cover v19   13 February 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Actions to address Mekong plastic pollution take shape

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 13 February 2020 – In a bid to reduce plastic waste and fight plastic pollution in the Mekong region, government officials and researchers from the four Mekong countries agreed to assess plastic waste leakage into the Mekong River system in order to inform the current state of plastic pollutants in the region and offer policy recommendations to address the challenges.
Cover v18   07 February 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

More impact studies, mitigation measures needed for proposed Luang Prabang dam, says a public forum

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 7 February 2020 – Mekong stakeholders raised concerns and suggested the Lao government to conduct more assessments on the potential transboundary environmental and social impacts of the proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project. 
DJI 0452 SM   31 December 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong water levels to drop due to dam equipment testing in China

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 31 December 2019 — The water outflows at the Jinghong hydropower station in China will be reduced by more than 50% due to dam equipment testing from 1 – 4 January 2020, affecting river water levels in Thailand, Lao PDR and Cambodia. 
MRC Beijing China 18 December 2019   18 December 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC Secretariat, LMC Water Center ink first MOU for better upper-lower Mekong management

Beijing, China, 18 December 2019 — Data and information exchange, basin-wide monitoring, and joint assessment on Mekong water and related resources are among the main areas to benefit from a new partnership between the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) and Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Center (LMC Water Center). 

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MRC's 25th Anniversary: A time to look back and see what lies next

It has been 25 years since Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam signed on 5 April 1995 the Mekong Agreement to develop and protect the Southeast Asia’s mighty Mekong River.

Campaign launched to celebrate 25th Anniversary of MRC, inspire river protection

The MRC has launched a social media campaign in which all nationalities can enter and stand a chance to win different prizes. The campaign, entitled Mekong 2030, aims to

Japan provides $3.9 million to tackle Mekong flood and drought issues

The government of Japan today granted JPY 412 million or approximately US$3.9 million to the Mekong River Commission in advancing its flood and drought monitoring and forecasting functions.

Safeguarding livelihoods for fishing communities in Mekong Countries

The community at Dun Ei, a fishing village 180 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh, has been making a living through fishing along the Pursat River for generations...

Pilot program to monitor impacts from Xayaburi and Don Sahong takes off

Officials and experts from the lower Mekong countries kicked off the Mekong River Commission’s pilot program to monitor transboundary environmental impacts from the Xayaburi and Don Sahong dams to advise on measures to address any negative effects from th


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