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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.
rainfal-n-jinghong-dam-water-pr.jpg   15th September 2014

Rainfall and Jinghong dam water discharge not yet causes of flood concerns in Mekong countries

*15 September 2014, Vientiane, LAO PDR—*Rainfall volume and the current release of water from the Jinghong dam in China in the past weeks have not triggered flood concerns in the downstream reaches of the Mekong River for the upcoming week, and water levels along the Mekong banks in the upper parts of Thailand and Lao PDR are still below flood levels, according to initial analysis of the Mekong River Commission.
MRC-intl-Conf-hilight.jpg   3rd September 2014

MRC introduces publication on transboundary cooperation at World Water Week 2014

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has published a technical paper highlighting the benefits of cooperation and the role of river and aquifer basin organisations in managing transboundary basins. The publication, entitled Cooperation for Water, Energy and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate, is based on the International Conference of the same name held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam from 2-3 April 2014. It is a collection of case studies and the views shared by international experts and participants on three key issues: sustainable development, climate change adaptation in a transboundary context and benefits of cooperation.
council-2014BKK.jpg   26th June 2014 , Bangkok, Thailand

MRC Council reaches conclusions on pressing issues

*BANGKOK, Thailand, 26th June 2014*—Ministerial delegates from the Mekong River Commission Council (the MRC Council) today reaffirmed the organisation’s relevance as a regional cooperation platform as it agreed on key issues including the acceleration of the Council Study, a decentralisation reform and the Prior Consultation process for the Don Sahong Hydropower Project.
six-leaders.jpg   5th April 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong leaders seek sound judgment on development risks

*Accelerating basin-wide studies to reduce negative impacts and battling natural disaster woes are among key priorities for Mekong nations*
press-4-4-14a.jpg   3rd April 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

International experts call for Mekong leaders to look beyond water to achieve real impact

Intensified and balanced interactions are key to achieve practical goals to tackle climate change woes amidst increased water, energy and food demands, concluded an International Conference
water-expert.jpg   2nd April 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Water experts and global leaders call for action to cooperate and protect water resources

*2 April, 2014, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam - *The crucial role of water in food security and energy played centre-stage on the first day of the Mekong River Commission’s International Conference on Cooperation for Water, Energy, and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate.
Hycos1.jpg   7th March 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong water levels higher than average despite local concerns

*7 March 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR—* Water levels on much of the Mekong River have been higher than the long-term average since November last year with unusual fluctuations observed in last December and February, according to monitoring and forecasting data from the Mekong River Commission (MRC).

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MRC supports Laos in advancing national climate change adaptation planning

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