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don-sahong-status.JPG   19th June 2015 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Lower Mekong countries take prior consultation on the Don Sahong project to the governmental level

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 19 June 2015—The four members of the Mekong River Commission (MRC): Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam have agreed that a decision on the prior consultation of the proposed Don Sahong Hydropower Project be taken to the governmental level because they could not come to a common conclusion on how to proceed with the project.
2015 special JC upper river and boat   28th January 2015 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC holds Special Session on Prior Consultation of Don Sahong Hydropower Project

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 28 January 2015—The Mekong River Commission (MRC) held a Special Session of its Joint Committee on the Prior Consultation process for the proposed Don Sahong Hydropower Project. The Meeting included a presentation of the Technical Review Report by the MRC Secretariat and the outcome of the regional public consultation.
mrc 15th January 2015 , Hanoi, Viet Nam

Media Advisory: Twenty-first Meeting of the MRC Council

Every year, water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam convene to review and come to mutual conclusion on the management and development of water and related resources of the Lower Mekong Basin within the framework of the 1995 Mekong Agreement.
regional consult on Don Sahong   12th December 2014 , Pakse, Lao PDR

Fish migration, potential environmental impacts and transboundary effects took centre stage at MRC’s regional public consultation on Don Sahong hydropower project

*12 December 2014, Pakse, Lao PDR —* About 100 members of various stakeholder groups from the Lower Mekong Basin gathered in Pakse, Lao PDR for the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) regional public consultation on the proposed Don Sahong Hydropower Project. The meeting provided an additional opportunity for civil society, non-governmental and governmental organisations, regional and international organisations to find out more about the project and to share their concerns.
teaser PR Don Sahong Jan 2014   25th November 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC will hold regional public consultation on Don Sahong Hydropower Project

12-Dec consultation and online feedback submission are among channels for stakeholders to participate in the project’s prior consultation
detailspage Mekong2RioPR   21st November 2014 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

MRC stakeholders call for joint development to address impending challenges and risks in the region

*21 November 2014, Siem Reap, CAMBODIA—*The Mekong River is globally important and complex and is ripe for balanced joint development that reduces risks, enhances benefits and protects the environment. These were some of the key messages from the Mekong River Commission’s basin development planning regional forum.
4th-BDP-Forum-mtng-room.jpg   21st November 2014 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

MRC addresses long-term balanced development needs and strategies at regional forum

*21 November 2014, Siem Reap, Cambodia —* The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is holding the two-day event to involve stakeholders in the updating of the Mekong Basin Development Strategy. The strategy is reviewed and updated every five years to prescribe actions that should be taken by the MRC and relevant actors—working with counterparts at the regional and national levels—to strengthen cooperation, improve national development planning, address key gaps in knowledge and strengthen basin management procedures. Feedback from a wide-range of stakeholders is taken into account in the process
4th-BDPForum.jpg   19th November 2014 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

MRC holds regional forum on update of basin development strategy

*19 November 2014, Vientiane, LAO PDR—*The Mekong River Commission (MRC) will hold a regional forum on 20–22 November 2014 in Siem Reap, Cambodia to involve stakeholders in the updating of its Basin Development Strategy.
China-commits-to-continue.jpg   7th November 2014 , Vientiane

China commits to continue and enhance cooperation with the MRC

*Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 November 2014—*China’s Vice Minister of Water Resources, H.E. Mr. JIAO Yong, yesterday expressed the goodwill of his country to continue and enhance the cooperation with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) during his visit to the MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
mekong-river-boat.jpg   29th September 2014

No extreme water releases are planned for dam operations, says China

*29 September 2014, Vientiane, LAO PDR—*Mekong water levels have remained below flood levels within the last week despite rainfall in Southern China and the Lower Mekong Basin. Following a request for information on their planned dam operations, China’s Ministry of Water Resources has informed the MRC that no extreme water releases are planned that would cause floods in the downstream reaches of the Mekong. According to Chinese authorities any discharges will be appropriately controlled below a volume of 4,500 cubic metres per second. So far monitored discharged rates from the Jinghong dam are far below the rate of 7,000 cubic metres per second which is what the MRC’s modelling simulations suggest could cause overflows downstream. In the event of a significant alteration in their reservoir operations, the Chinese authorities will inform the MRC in advance.

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