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IMG 7224   29th June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Joint Press Release - Mekong River Commission and Morocco Agree to Exchange Experiences in Water Resource Development and Management

*29 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR –* Today, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kingdom of Morocco. As part of South – South cooperation, Morocco is the first Arabic and African partner of the MRC.
Regional Stakeholder Forum on Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan   26th June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC’s Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan seeks inputs

*26 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR –* Around eighty participants from various stakeholder groups gathered in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR for the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan.
MRC JC meeting at Lao Plaza   20th June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Official Prior Consultation for Pak Beng Hydropower Project Reaches its 6-month Milestone

20 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR – Yesterday the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat organised the Special Session of the MRC Joint Committee (JC) on the proposed Pak Beng Hydropower Project in Vientiane to mark the six-month milestone of the official Prior Consultation (PC) process.
20170612 VTN and Lao Minister meet on PB delegates3   16th June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Laos and Viet Nam’s MRC Council members and ministers meet on the Pak Beng project

Viet Nam’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha recently visited Lao PDR to meet with Lao Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sommad Pholsena on the Mekong River Commission prior consultation for the Pak Beng Hydropower Project. They were joined by the Chief Executive Officer of Mekong River Commission Secretariat Pham Tuan Phan who was invited to participate and delivered a statement at this important event held on 12 June 2017. Both ministers seat on the MRC Council, the policy making body of the Commission.
Pak Beng2   9th June 2017 , Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

Pak Beng consultation: Indispensable and effective despite gaps

Official consultation on the Pak Beng Hydropower Project in Oudomxay Province of Laos, a major infrastructure project on the Mekong mainstream, is approaching the end of its six-month prior consultation (PC) process of the Mekong River Commission (MRC). During this period, a lot have been happening from technical reviews of the project to regional as well as national consultations. Data and information submitted from developers were imperfect, but considerable value-added factors were realised throughout this water diplomacy process. MRC member countries and stakeholders have raised their views that would form the basis of a joint action plan for further dialogue and engagement to make the project minimise and mitigate potential adverse transboundary impacts.
JCWG Overview 1   8th June 2017 , Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

MRC’s 3rd Joint Committee Working Group for Pak Beng Hydropower Project Prior Consultation Process considered concerns from stakeholders

*8 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR* – Yesterday the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat organised the 3rd Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) for Pak Beng Hydropower Project Prior Consultation Process in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR ahead of the upcoming Joint Committee Special Session scheduled for 19 June 2017.
Mekong river CS brief3   6th June 2017 , Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

The effects of Chinese dams on water flows in the Lower Mekong Basin

Since 1993, China has built six dams in the mainstream on the Upper Mekong Basin, known as the Lancang in China. Operations of these dams have stirred many concerns from the Lower Mekong Basin communities on how these dams will impact their river and livelihoods. With the two biggest storage dams of the cascade, Xiaowan and Nuozhadu, their impacts have often been in the news[file:///C:/Users/anouvong/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/DW8DS02L/20170606%20-%20Chinese%20dams%20impacting%20downstream%20water%20discharge%20FINAL.docx#News]. The concerns include how changes in water flow (discharge) impact on fisheries, sediments, and downstream community livelihoods.
IMG 3773 Edit   5th May 2017 , Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

The Mekong River Commission is striking a balance between development and protection of the Mekong river

*By: Pham Tuan Phan, MRC CEO                                 *Read in Khmer/Lao**
Man on 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum on Pak Beng Hydropower   5th May 2017 , Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

MRC’s 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum on Pak Beng Hydropower Project addresses stakeholder concerns

5 May 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR – About 200 participants of various stakeholder groups gathered in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR for the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum of the proposed Pak Beng Hydropower Project.

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