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mrc 27th March 2009 , Bangkok, Thailand

Global economic crisis provides opportunities for sustainable development says Mekong body

As the effect of the global financial crisis impacts Southeast Asia, it is providing more time for the four countries of the Lower Mekong Basin to ensure private sector proposals for new hydropower dams are planned with environmental sustainability in mind says the Mekong River Commission (MRC).
mrc 11th December 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC to cooperate with START on climate change

The Mekong River Commission today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START).
mrc 7th November 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

German Government commits to give €3m technical cooperation support for MRC watershed management phase III

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) today signed a Euro 3 million (US$4.43 million) commitment over a two and half year period (December 2008-May 2011) for technical cooperation through GTZ to support the work of the Mekong River Commission (MRC).
mrc 7th November 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC 'of great value' to regional development

The role of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in water resource development across the Lower Mekong Basin was reiterated at the opening of the 15th Meeting of the MRC Council in Vientiane today. Council Chair for 2008-2009, Mme Khempeng Pholsena, also a Minister and Head of the Lao Water Resources and Environment Administration, said the Commission is held in 'high esteem as a reliable partner in sustainable development and as a valuable mechanism for cooperation in the Basin'.
mrc 25th September 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

A Responsible Approach to Dam Building

*Jeremy Bird, Chief Executive Officer, Mekong River Commission Secretariat*
mrc 25th September 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

A Basin-Wide Approach to Hydropower Decision Making

The planning process involved in the development of hydropower dams in the Mekong region needs to include expertise and views from a wide range of interested parties, according to participants at a consultation meeting in Vientiane today.
mrc 29th August 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Agreement on provision of hydrological information renewed by China and MRC

China and the countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) have arranged to build on their existing relations by renewing an agreement to share data on flood season water flows in the Lancang-Mekong River. The agreement on provision of hydrological information was signed in the Lao capital of Vientiane on 29 August 2008 by the Ministry of Water Resources of the People’s Republic of China and the MRC. The signing marked the end of the Thirteenth Dialogue Meeting between the MRC and its Dialogue Partners, China and Myanmar.
mrc 29th August 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC-China Cooperation Extended at Regional Mekong Meeting

Increased regional cooperation on water resources was the general theme of discussion as the four Member States of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, today met with representatives from the two countries upstream on the Mekong, the People’s Republic of China and Myanmar, at the13th MRC Dialogue Meeting in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The meeting was to culminate in the signing of an extension to an agreement between the MRC and China, whereby China shares hydrological data from two water analysis stations on the Lancang-Mekong River in the Chinese province of Yunnan.
mrc 27th August 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Floods and New Initiatives on MRC Agenda

Recent flooding and accelerating infrastructure development on the Mekong River were high on the agenda of discussions between the Member States of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in Vientiane today. New initiatives, including the upcoming Regional Multi-Stakeholder Consultation of the MRC Hydropower Programme, Environmental Considerations for Sustainable Hydropower Development, and a new Drought Management Programme, were also deliberated at the 27th Meeting of the MRC Joint Committee.
mrc 25th August 2008 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Lower Mekong Basin Flood Update

Although water levels along the Mekong River above Phnom Penh have continued to decline since their peak so far in 2008, around August 17, when loss of life and damage to property were recorded in the Lao PDR and Thailand, many parts of the Lower Mekong Basin remain at risk of future flooding. People living in low-lying areas near rivers are advised to continue to be prepared for possible emergency situations.

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