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signing-with-germany230211.JPG   23rd February 2011 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Germany renews its support to Mekong cooperation

The Federal Republic of Germany renewed its support to Mekong Cooperation through the Mekong River Commission today, with a new strategic framework on issues surrounding organisational transition towards decentralization of its core functions, pro-poor oriented sustainable hydropower development and transboundary climate change adaptation. The framework for the cooperation between the MRC and the Federal Republic of Germany addresses key challenges and opportunities for the Mekong River Basin and the future of the MRC’s organisational structure.
mrc 26th January 2011 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Innovative Tool for Mekong Basin-wide sustainable hydropower assessment launched

A breakthrough in sustainable hydropower development has been made with the launch of an innovative new assessment tool that helps identify, in as little as a week, the most sustainable sites, designs and operation rules for hydropower development in the lower Mekong River Basin.
CJP4W0076-14x20cm.jpg   26th January 2011 , Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Mekong countries adopt basin-wide directions for water development

Lower Mekong countries today agreed to adopt a set of strategic priorities for the basin-wide sustainable development of water resources, introducing a five-year action plan that addresses both economic opportunities and potential environmental and social impacts.
Water-collecting.jpg   25th January 2011 , Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Mekong countries agree with pact to protect water quality

Four Mekong countries today, for the first time, reached a transboundary agreement to protect the river’s water quality against emerging threats.
DMW-181.jpg   22nd December 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Luxembourg supports Mekong climate change adaptation strategies

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg granted USD 2.6 million to the Mekong River Commission (MRC)’s Climate Change Adaptation Initiative to assist Mekong countries with climate change adaptation planning at a basin-wide level today. The grant is the first time Luxembourg has provided support to the MRC and represents a milestone in climate change adaptation planning for the Mekong region.
DCRW1285RJ 14x20 1   14th December 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong Countries supported on emerging environmental issues and climate risks

Mekong countries recently received continued support to strengthen their work on environmental protection and adaptation to climate risks as the Royal Government of Denmark committed a grant of 10 million Danish Kroner (equivalent to approximately 1.9 million USD) to the MRCfs Environment Programme.
upper-river-and-boat.jpg   15th October 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Results of Strategic Environmental Assessment of Hydropower on the Mekong Mainstream Released

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today released the draft final report of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for hydropower development projects proposed on the mainstream Mekong River. In response to a high level of interest to construct up to twelve mainstream hydropower projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR and on the Lao-Thai border, the SEA weighs the proposed projects' opportunities against the risks.
fishing dam   22nd September 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC receives first notification of mainstream Mekong project

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) received the official notification for a proposed mainstream Mekong hydropower development project in Xayaboury Province from the Government of Lao PDR. The Xayaboury hydropower project would be the first such project on the Mekong mainstream downstream of China and would be capable of generating 1260 megawatts of electricity, mainly for export to Thailand.
mekong source liu Shaochuang   27th August 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Increased cooperation with China and Myanmar

Representatives from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Member Countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam are meeting with Chinese and Myanmar officials this week in Phnom Penh. They discuss opportunities for increased levels of cooperation in managing the upper and lower Mekong River Basins.
MRC 00000001   26th August 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC opens second office in Cambodia

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has said that Phnom Penh will see significant benefits as its Secretariat officially opened a new office in Cambodia today after moving some of its divisions from Vientiane, Lao PDR.

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MRC supports Laos in advancing national climate change adaptation planning

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) strongly supports Lao PDR in the country’s endeavor to advance its national climate change adaption planning, says an MRC Secretariat official.

Germany commits EUR 4 million to strengthen Mekong transboundary water cooperation

The government of Germany has committed EUR four million (approximately US$ 4.6 million) to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to strengthen Mekong cross-border water cooperation...

Stakeholder forum debates proposed Pak Lay project, recommends steps to strengthen basin planning in the Mekong

A two-day regional stakeholder forum on the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project and other ongoing initiatives comes to a close today. The forum, convened by the Mekong River Commission

Op-ed: MRC encourages all stakeholders to contribute to Pak Lay prior consultation process

On Thursday the Mekong River Commission will host its 5th Regional Stakeholder Forum to give all stakeholders the opportunity to discuss, provide, and exchange views on planned and proposed hydropower projects on the Mekong River mainstream...

Media advisory: Invitation to MRC regional stakeholder forum on Pak Lay’s prior consultation process and related work on hydropower

Interested members of the media are invited to cover the MRC regional stakeholder forum on the Pak Lay's prior consultation process...


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