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Cambodia Thailand to Finalize Lessons and Policy Papers for Better Lake Management   13th February 2018 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia, Thailand to Finalize Lessons and Policy Papers for Better Lake Management

*Siem Reap, Cambodia*, 13 February 2018 – In an effort to help Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake and Thailand’s Songkhla Lake better manage their resources, a bilateral team from the two countries are finalizing two major reports documenting learning experiences and policy recommendations for addressing major threats facing both lakes.
Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Council Study and the Pak Beng HD Project   12th February 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Reporting Findings and Results from the Council Study to Member Countries

The Study on the Sustainable Development and Management of the Mekong River, including impacts by mainstream hydropower projects – known as the ‘Council Study’ was conducted by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) from 2012 to 2017. Following a number of technical consultations at the regional and national levels, as well as stakeholder feedback at open forums, the final report is being refined for publishing in mid-February 2018.
MRC CEO Pham Tuan Phan takes questions from participants of the business seminar edit3   12th February 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Knowledge and Development Experiences Exchanged with Korean Officials and Private Companies for Better Water Resources Management

*Vientiane, Lao PDR, 12 February 2018* – Senior representatives from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) exchanged knowledge and experiences for better water resources management and explored further collaboration opportunities with Korean officials and private companies during a week-long visit to Korea’s Seoul and Daejeon.
IMG 6659   2nd February 2018 , Hanoi, Viet Nam

Core Mechanisms of Bilateral Water Cooperation Agreed for Sesan – Srepok and Mekong Delta

*Hanoi, Viet Nam, 2 February 2018* – A bilateral provincial body, a technical expert group, and an emergency response planning team will form the core of bilateral cooperation mechanisms between Cambodia and Viet Nam along the border provinces, say representatives of both countries working on cross-border water management issues in the Mekong Delta and the Sesan – Srepok rivers basin.
Website of 3rd MRC Summit and Intl Conference MRC2   26th January 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: Mekong River Commission Launches Website for its 3rd Summit and International Conference, Calls for Contribution and Participation

*Vientiane, Lao PDR, 26 January 2018* – The Mekong River Commission launched its official *website[https://mrcsummit.org/]* for the 3rd Summit and International Conference today and called for contribution and participation to the events. The Summit, which will be held on 5 April 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, brings together the Prime Ministers of the Member Countries — Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam — as well as high-level delegations from MRC Dialogue Partners, China and Myanmar, to address the prevailing challenges and optimizing opportunities facing the Mekong River and its people.
Cover   24th January 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: Guidelines for mitigating environmental impacts and managing risks from hydropower projects consulted with stakeholders

*Vientiane, Lao PDR, 24 January 2018* – Forty-five representatives from the Mekong countries and hydropower developers and consultants met in Vientiane this week to discuss guidelines for mitigating environmental impacts and managing risks from hydropower projects in the lower Mekong basin (LMB).
media release Launches Two Joint Projects to Better Manage the Mekong Basin Resources and Address Flood and Drought Issues Cover   17th January 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: Mekong River Commission Launches Two Joint Projects to Better Manage the Mekong Basin Resources and Address Flood and Drought Issues

*Vientiane, Lao PDR, 17 January 2018* – The Mekong River Commission launched two joint projects between Cambodia and Lao PDR, and Cambodia and Thailand to better manage the Mekong basin resources and address flood and drought issues, at a kick-off meeting held yesterday in Vientiane.
Water security and integrated river basin management 1   15th January 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong River Commission, Korea Development Institute Discuss Knowledge Sharing Programme

*Vientiane, Lao PDR, 15 January 2018* – Water security and integrated river basin management, challenges and opportunities in hydropower development, and future direction of sustainable hydropower development in the Mekong basin are some of the main topics specialists from the Mekong River Commission and Korea Development Institute discussed last Friday at a regional working session held in Vientiane.
Mekong River Strengthens Research Collaboration   3rd January 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Joint Visit to the Mekong River Strengthens Research Collaboration

*On 13 and 14 December,* representatives from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Member Countries, China, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and the MRC Secretariat made a joint visit to the Mekong River. The visit, which focused on a stretch of the river that runs through Nakhon Phanom in Thailand, was organized as part of the Joint Research on Hydrological Impacts of the Lancang Hydropower Cascade on Downstream Extreme Events – a cooperative activity between the MRC and the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism.
Regional Stakeholder Forum 14 15 A   15th December 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: Council Study findings discussed with stakeholders

More than 120 representatives from different interest groups gathered at the Mekong River Commission Regional Stakeholder Forum, which was held over two days on 15-16 December. The purpose of the forum was to discuss both the outcomes of the now completed Study on the Sustainable Development and Management of the Mekong River, including impacts by mainstream hydropower projects – known as the ‘Council Study’ – and the update of the commission Preliminary Design Guidance for Mainstream Dams and Sustainable Hydropower Development Strategy in the Lower Mekong Basin. Participants included commission member country governments, development partners, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, the media, and private developers from across the region.

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