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Hydropower Forum group 4   10th August 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Press Release: MRC’s Regional Hydropower Forum Focus on Sustainable Hydropower Development

*Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR* – Today, stakeholders of hydropower-interest groups gathered in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR for the Mekong River Commission’s Fourth Sustainable Hydropower Practice Forum themed ‘Dialogue with Hydropower Developers’.
2 JAXA closure edit4   3rd August 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC and Japan wraps up ‘Space Application for Environment’ Prototype Initiative

The Lower Mekong Basin is at greater risk to climate change[mekong-basin/climate/] with extreme weather events such as typhoons and heat waves and is also more vulnerable to floods and droughts that can affect people’s livelihoods and reduce agricultural productivity, especially in the downstream catchments of the Mekong River. While future impact of climate change is difficult to forecast, projections for the Mekong River Basin, like flood and drought forecasting, is paramount.
JC Retreat Group Photo3   2nd August 2017

MRC Joint Committee Members Boost Planning and Negotiation Skills for Sustainable Water Resource Management

Effective planning, negotiation, and problem-solving built on trust and shared understanding is paramount for the MRC, as an inter-governmental organization working towards sustainable development through dialogue and cooperation within the Lower Mekong Basin.
Photo contest 3   7th July 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC Launches Regional Photo Contest to Promote Mekong Water Use Cooperation

*Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 July 2017* – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today launches a regional photo contest entitled “Mekong Diversity through Your Eyes” for amateur photographers of all ages who are citizens and residents of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. 
IMG 7224   29th June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Joint Press Release - Mekong River Commission and Morocco Agree to Exchange Experiences in Water Resource Development and Management

*29 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR –* Today, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kingdom of Morocco. As part of South – South cooperation, Morocco is the first Arabic and African partner of the MRC.
Regional Stakeholder Forum on Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan   26th June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC’s Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan seeks inputs

*26 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR –* Around eighty participants from various stakeholder groups gathered in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR for the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan.
MRC JC meeting at Lao Plaza   20th June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Official Prior Consultation for Pak Beng Hydropower Project Reaches its 6-month Milestone

20 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR – Yesterday the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat organised the Special Session of the MRC Joint Committee (JC) on the proposed Pak Beng Hydropower Project in Vientiane to mark the six-month milestone of the official Prior Consultation (PC) process.
20170612 VTN and Lao Minister meet on PB delegates3   16th June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Laos and Viet Nam’s MRC Council members and ministers meet on the Pak Beng project

Viet Nam’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha recently visited Lao PDR to meet with Lao Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sommad Pholsena on the Mekong River Commission prior consultation for the Pak Beng Hydropower Project. They were joined by the Chief Executive Officer of Mekong River Commission Secretariat Pham Tuan Phan who was invited to participate and delivered a statement at this important event held on 12 June 2017. Both ministers seat on the MRC Council, the policy making body of the Commission.
Pak Beng2   9th June 2017 , Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

Pak Beng consultation: Indispensable and effective despite gaps

Official consultation on the Pak Beng Hydropower Project in Oudomxay Province of Laos, a major infrastructure project on the Mekong mainstream, is approaching the end of its six-month prior consultation (PC) process of the Mekong River Commission (MRC). During this period, a lot have been happening from technical reviews of the project to regional as well as national consultations. Data and information submitted from developers were imperfect, but considerable value-added factors were realised throughout this water diplomacy process. MRC member countries and stakeholders have raised their views that would form the basis of a joint action plan for further dialogue and engagement to make the project minimise and mitigate potential adverse transboundary impacts.

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