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mrc 26th February 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Drought conditions cause low Mekong water flow

The current water level on the mainstream Mekong River is significantly below average in Northern Lao PDR and Thailand. Levels at mainstream measuring stations at Chiang Saen, Chiang Khan, Luang Prabang, Vientiane and Nong Khai are below those that occurred in the low flow season of 1993, which followed the most extreme regional drought on record in 1992.
25th January 2010 to 26th January 2010 , Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

MRC/IUCN Regional Workshop on Mekong Wetlands, Biodiversity, and Livelihoods

On 25-26 January over 40 wetlands specialists met in Ho Chi Minh City in a workshop organised by Mekong River Commission (MRC) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in order to share recent experience, knowledge gained and lessons learned from ongoing work on wetlands in the Mekong Basin, and to identify priority areas for future work.
mrc 12th January 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC to establish climate change adaption demonstration site in Savanakhet

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Government of Lao PDR have agreed to establish a site for demonstrating best practice in dealing with the potential impacts of climate change on Lao agriculture and rural life.
mrc 4th January 2010 to 30th June 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC consultation regarding mainstream Mekong dams

Submissions are invited to the team working for the MRC on the Strategic Environmental Assessment[/news-and-events/consultations/strategic-environmental-assessment-of-mainstream-dams/], which is examining the 11 mainstream hydropower dams currently proposed by the private sector along the Mekong. Your submission will form an important input into the analysis.
mrc 17th December 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Cambodia and Viet Nam formally open-up cross-border river trade on the Mekong

Cambodia and Viet Nam have signed a treaty that will allow freedom of navigation on Mekong waterways between the two countries and increase access to the river system for foreign vessels.
mrc 4th December 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC to have two permanent offices - Phnom Penh and Vientiane

Efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability formed the basis of recent major decision by the MRC Council not to move its current Secretariat every five years and to set up two permanent home bases in Vientiane and Phnom Penh.
mrc 28th November 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR/Hua Hin, Thailand

Mekong Ministers meet in Hua Hin to discuss water issues

Hydropower, climate change, fisheries and flood management loom large for the Mekong Basin, with ministers from four countries meeting in Hua Hin this week to discuss strategies for trans-boundary river management.
mrc 27th November 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR/Hua Hin, Thailand

Belgium gives US$10.4 million to Mekong countries to improve river navigation

The issues of both mainstream hydropower and freedom of navigation on the Mekong River are in the spotlight this week in Thailand as the Belgian government agrees to increase its support to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) with a US$ 10.4 million contribution over the next four years.
mrc 27th November 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR/Hua Hin, Thailand

France strengthens support for Mekong environmental management

The Mekong River Commission announced this week that it is to receive over € 500,000 in support from the French government over the next two years to help efforts in environmental monitoring and management in the Mekong basin.
mrc 20th November 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR/Hua Hin, Thailand

Mekong River Commission hosts high-level regional meeting at Hua Hin

The future use of Mekong Basin water resources as a tool for promoting economic growth will come under scrutiny at a meeting of the Mekong River Commission’s Council to be held in Hua Hin, Thailand this month, to which media organisations are invited.

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Japan Re-affirms its Support for Mekong Irrigation Facilities Improvement

The government of Japan has re-affirmed its support to the Mekong River Commission in continuing activities under a project to improve irrigation facilities across the lower Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, MRC CEO Pham Tuan P

Cambodia, Lao PDR to formalise a new bilateral cooperation framework on fisheries management

In order to cement the four-year-long bilateral efforts to address cross-border fisheries issues along the Cambodia-Laos border, the two countries have agreed to formalise a bilateral fisheries management body that would oversee collaborative activities t

MRC, JICA Launch a Joint Study on Mekong Forest Conservation for Better Basin Management

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have launched a joint study on forest conservation and river basin management in the lower Mekong basin as part of their effort to better manage and conserve the environme

Lao-Thai wetland management project ends with new community-based management plans

Government officials and community representatives from Laos’ Xe Bang Hieng and Thailand’s Nam Kam river basins cerebrated today the conclusion of a five-year bilateral wetland management project, which has improved community-based management practices in

Lao PDR Submits Notification on the Pak Lay Hydropower Project to MRC for Prior Consultation

The Mekong River Commission Secretariat has received an official notification from the Lao Government that it will undertake the formal process of prior consultation on its Pak Lay hydropower project in the Pak Lay area in the Lao PDR’s northern province


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