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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). 
CEO Hatda and German Ambassador Jens sign funding agreement 1   13 December 2019 to 12 December 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Cross-border water cooperation and joint environmental monitoring received German support

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 13 December 2019 — The German government today provided additional 2 million euro (approx. U$2.2 million) to the Mekong River Commission to increase cross-border water dialogue and cooperation and support efforts in monitoring transboundary environmental impacts from Mekong mainstream dams. 
The Mekong River at Sangthong district  1   09 December 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong River’s aquamarine hue likely to occur elsewhere due to low flows, bringing possible risks

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 December 2019 – The extremely low flow, slow drop in the river sediments, and presence of algae on the sand and bedrock river bottom are some of the possible causes why the Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color, says the Mekong River Commission. This phenomenon may spread to other parts of the River where low flows occur. 
MRC ministerial council approves a drought management strategy Overview   26 November 2019 , Phnom Penh, Cambodia

MRC ministerial council approves a drought management strategy, other policies, boosting Mekong countries’ ability to prepare for future disaster

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 26 November 2019 – Ministerial delegates from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council today at their annual gathering in Phnom Penh approved a drought management strategy for 2020-2025, allowing Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam to prepare for and manage drought collectively. 
Pak Beng Dam Site Pak Beng00005 sm   19 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Drought continues to hit Mekong countries, risking stress on crop production, water shortages

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 19 November 2019 – Severe to extreme drought is expected to hit countries in the lower Mekong basin from now until January 2020, warns the Mekong River Commission. Thailand and Cambodia would be hardest hit compared to Lao PDR and Viet Nam.    
Cover v17   07 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Avenues to make MRC’s prior consultation process more meaningful should be explored, says a public regional forum

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 November 2019 – Opportunities to make the Mekong River Commission’s Prior Consultation process more meaningful should be explored, and the required data and information on the Lao PDR’s proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project should be supplied, according to a public regional forum organized by the MRC. 
The 8th MRC Regional Stakeholder Forum 3   06 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Stakeholders suggest key priorities for next Mekong basin development strategy

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 6 November 2019 – Improving information management and sharing, moving towards coordinated operation of dams, increasing cooperation with Mekong related frameworks, creating more space for community engagement, and increasing efforts to protect environmental assets were some of the key priorities stakeholders recommended the Mekong River Commission take up in the update of the Mekong Basin Development Strategy (BDS) and Strategic Plan.   
Cover 2   06 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Taking a closer look at the MRC’s prior consultation process, Khmer Times

About 200 people representing civil society, academics, the private sector, governments and development partners have gathered in Laos for the Mekong River Commission’s regional forum. Today, participants discussed the Lao-proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project and An Pich Hatda, chief executive officer of the MRC Secretariat, spoke with Khmer Times about the prior consultation process. 

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

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

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 Res

Cross-border water cooperation and joint environmental monitoring received German support

The German government today provided additional 2 million euro (approx. U$2.2 million) to the Mekong River Commission to increase cross-border water dialogue and cooperation and support efforts in monitoring transboundary environmental impacts from Mekong

Mekong River’s aquamarine hue likely to occur elsewhere due to low flows, bringing possible risks

The extremely low flow, slow drop in the river sediments, and presence of algae on the sand and bedrock river bottom are some of the possible causes why the Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color, says the Mekong River Commission. This phe

MRC ministerial council approves a drought management strategy, other policies, boosting Mekong countries’ ability to prepare for future disaster

Ministerial delegates from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council today at their annual gathering in Phnom Penh approved a drought management strategy for 2020-2025, allowing Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam to prepare for and manage drought co


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