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Mekong Basin 15   14th November 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Op’ed - Improving Navigation Channels While Protecting the Environment

China’s Mekong development plan have stirred debate as potentially becoming an environmental and social peril for downstream Mekong countries. China’s navigation channel improvement plan has recently attracted attention from environmentalists, activists, to the media alike. More so since mid of this year, when news[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-silkroad-mekong/chinas-silk-road-push-in-thailand-may-founder-on-mekong-river-row-idUSKBN17Y2N9] reported waterway clearance by China was progressing into Thailand. The Bangkok post in several of its articles reported China’s rock-blasting plan would damage the Mekong 1, and most recently claimed ‘the environment will never be the same’.2
MRC Songkla late 3   6th November 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Sister Lakes to Document Learning Processes for Policy Recommendations

*Bangkok, Thailand, on 6 November 2017* – In order to amplify what the sister lakes of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap and Thailand’s Songkhla have learnt on community-based lake governance, the two sides agreed today on how and what to document in two upcoming papers they are preparing for policy development and implementation of better governance of the lakes.
Morocco Visit group photo at MASPA edit2   1st November 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong River Commission and Morocco exchange water management experience

On 16 to 19 October, representatives from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) made its first visit to Morocco to exchange experience on water resources management. This is the first visit, supported and hosted by Morocco, under a Memorandum of Understanding between the MRC and the Kingdom of Morocco signed on 29 June 2017 at the MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
Main2   31st October 2017 , Cao Lanh, Viet Nam

Ideas for Bilateral Provincial Cooperation Exchanged to Solve Transboundary Water Issues

*Cao Lanh, Viet Nam,* 27 October 2017 – Joint research and training, hydro-meteorological data exchange and new bilateral working groups between border provinces of Cambodia and Viet Nam are some of the ideas water specialists from the two countries shared during a workshop held in Cao Lanh to solve long-standing transboundary water issues.
3rd China Symposium Group Photo   30th October 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Press Release: Mekong River Commission and China’s Ecosystem Study Commission for International Rivers held 3rd Joint Technical Symposium on sharing experience on sediment control and management for river dams

*30 October 2017, Nanjing*, China – On October 16-17, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Ecosystem Study Commission for International River (ESCIR) of its Dialogue Partner China jointly organized the 3rd Technical Symposium on ‘Capacity Building and Experience Sharing on Sediment Control and Management for River Dams’. This symposium was an opportunity for the experts and participants from both China and MRC member countries and Secretariat to learn and discuss the experiences in monitoring and managing long-term cumulative effects of cascade hydropower dams on sediment, hydrological regime and ecological environment in the Mekong river. ESCIR was the main co-organizer of the symposium, which has become a regular mechanism for technical engagement between the MRC and China.
MRC mekong river   30th October 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

China to release emergency water from Jinghong Reservoir on October 31, 2017

*30 October 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR* - MRC received a one-day advance ‘emergency notification’ from China – its dialogue partner – about its planned water discharge from the Jinghong Reservoir to the lower Mekong River tomorrow, aimed to ensure power grid security.
sm DSC5573 0001 JEP8915   12th October 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Press Release: Mekong River Commission Mainstreams Gender in its Work with a New Action Plan

*12 October 2017, Vientiane *– Today, the MRC Gender Action Plan Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop for Mainstreaming Gender in the Organization brings together member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), experts of the MRC Secretariat (MRCS), and other partners to discuss the MRC Gender Action Plan developed by the MRC Secretariat. The workshop further provides an opportunity for the National Mekong Committee Secretariats to develop and strengthen their own Action Plans to align with the MRC Gender Action Plan. 
Transboundary water resources mgt issues   28th September 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

New Books: Mekong Water Management Challenges Identified for Collaborative Planning

*28 September 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR* – Exploitative fishing practices, uncoordinated development of water infrastructure, and insufficient monitoring and sharing of hydro-data are among the major challenges facing Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam in managing their shared water resources across the Mekong borders, say new studies examining barriers to ensuring sustainable management of the Mekong’s water.
Gill nets   27th September 2017

Monitoring Fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin

The Mekong River is one of the largest river in the world and is home to a wealth of biodiversity and aquatic life. Fisheries is a crucial contributor to socio-economic development in the Mekong and a vital source of livelihood and food security for people living along the Mekong River banks. On the flip side, increasing infrastructural development, population growth, and economic development have changed the fisheries trends over the past few decades. The Mekong countries, thus, have put fisheries monitoring central to understand its status and trend in light of development pressures in the Basin. 
MRC Data management inside   25th September 2017 , Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong River Commission keen to improve data sharing and management in the Lower Mekong Basin

On September 14-15, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) hosted the Regional Consultation Workshop on Data Management Improvement. The consultation convened representatives of the MRC, National Mekong Committees, and development partners including the World Bank, Australia, and the United States. The consultation heard about the status of data management at the national and regional levels, regional and international initiatives shared by the Lower Mekong Initiative in its proposed Mekong Water Data Initiative, Australia’s World Water Data Initiative developed under the auspices of the UN-World Bank High Level Panel on Water, and explored areas of further cooperation.

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