27th September 2017
The Mekong River is one of the largest river in the world and is home to a wealth of biodiversity and aquatic life. Fisheries is a crucial contributor to socio-economic development in the Mekong and a vital source of livelihood and food security for people living along the Mekong River banks. On the flip side, increasing infrastructural development, population growth, and economic development have changed the fisheries trends over the past few decades. The Mekong countries, thus, have put fisheries monitoring central to understand its status and trend in light of development pressures in the Basin.
25th September 2017
, Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City
On September 14-15, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) hosted the Regional Consultation Workshop on Data Management Improvement. The consultation convened representatives of the MRC, National Mekong Committees, and development partners including the World Bank, Australia, and the United States. The consultation heard about the status of data management at the national and regional levels, regional and international initiatives shared by the Lower Mekong Initiative in its proposed Mekong Water Data Initiative, Australia’s World Water Data Initiative developed under the auspices of the UN-World Bank High Level Panel on Water, and explored areas of further cooperation.
21st September 2017
The Mekong River Commission monitors the Mekong river daily, including water level, water quality, as well as flood and drought forecasting. Our data affirms that Typhoon Doksuri (Doksuri) is the main contributor to the rising water level in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB).
15th September 2017
*15 September 2017, Sakon Nakhon,* Thailand – Frequent dialogue to understand each other, attention to different needs of the concerned countries, and strong commitment to joint actions are some of the main lessons learnt from bilateral projects of water cooperation among the four Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, according to a public regional forum organised by the Thai National Mekong Committee.
7th September 2017
, Oslo, Norway
*7 September 2017, Oslo, Norway* – On 4-6 September, stakeholders of hydropower-interest groups gathered in the Norwegian Capital at a forum themed “Mekong+ New Frontiers in Sustainable Hydropower Development”. The forum explored sustainability policies, guidelines, and safeguards as the core of project planning and implementation in a growing number of investment portfolios, or so called ‘New Frontiers’ in hydropower development.
30th August 2017
*29 August 2017, Da Nang, Viet Nam* – Representatives of four Mekong countries reaffirmed at a meeting their commitment to expedite their five bilateral projects that promote transboundary dialogue and improve coordinated water resources management along the borders.
28th August 2017
, Vientiane, Lao PDR
In an effort to develop a joint fisheries management plan for the Mekong and Sekong river basins along the border, fishermen in Cambodia and Lao PDR have begun monitoring migratory fish species in both rivers to develop a fisheries database.
25th August 2017
, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Mekong River Commission (MRC) Joint Committee (JC) gathered for three days, from 22 to 24 August 2017, to discuss on several important issues with the focus on the implementation of Ho Chi Minh City Declaration and Mekong -Langcang Cooperation. The first three days were devoted to the meetings of the JC (the 46th meeting) and the fourth day for the 20th Dialogue Meeting with upstream partners of China and Myanmar.
24th August 2017
, Vientiane, Lao PDR
The Mekong region has witnessed considerable deterioration of watersheds from war, logging, mining, population growth, hydropower and irrigation development, and clearing of terrestrial and flooded forests for agriculture. Some areas of the Mekong basin have lost over half of their original forest cover leading to soil erosion, flash floods, and a decline in the provision of ecological goods and services.
11th August 2017
A delegation of Chinese hydrological experts visited national Mekong committees in Cambodia and Thailand from 24 to 31 May 2017. Led by Mr Kuang Jian, Division Director for Bureau of Hydrology, Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) the delegation consisted of six experts from the MWR, Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute and the Bureau of Hydrology for Yunnan Province.
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