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Top 3 winners   8th December 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: MRC Awards Photo Contest Winners, Launches Photo Exhibition to Promote Mekong Water Use Cooperation

*Vientiane, Lao PDR – 7 December 2017* – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today launched a photo exhibition with the winning photos of its first photo contest at the secretariat in Vientiane, and celebrated the diversity of the Mekong and its water use with the winners and guests.
CM Group   29th November 2017 , Pattaya, Thailand

Annual Mekong River Commission Council meeting considered and approved countries financial contribution and a number of basin-wide strategies

*29 November 2017, Pattaya, Thailand* – Today, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council comprising water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam gathered for its Twenty-Fourth Meeting in Pattaya, Thailand. The meeting was to review the MRC work in 2017 and make a decision on future direction for the MRC in 2018, including approving the Annual Work Plan.  
main banner2   28th November 2017 , Pattaya, Thailand

Media Advisory – 24th MRC Council Meeting

*29 – 30 November 2017, Pattaya, Thailand,* The Council Meeting is an annual ministerial meeting by the Council Members (natural resources and environment ministers) of the MRC to review and come to mutual conclusions on the management and development of water and related resources within the framework of the Agreement on Cooperation for Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin (the 1995 Mekong Agreement).
River Cambodia   22nd November 2017 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia-Laos Border Fisheries Management Plan Aimed to Realise a 10% Increase in Fish Stock

*Siem Reap, Cambodia, 20 November 2017* – Targeting a 10-percent increase in fish abundance in the Mekong and Sekong Rivers by 2021, fisheries experts from Cambodia and Lao PDR shared today the progress in fish monitoring activities that set a baseline, and continued discussions on the formation of a joint fisheries management plan to reach that goal.
main banner   16th November 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong River Commission prepares for 3rd Summit and work plan 2018

*16 November 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR* – Yesterday, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) officials met to prepare for the 3rd Summit of prime ministers on 5 April 2018 in Siem Reap to be hosted by the Kingdom of Cambodia. A series of activities and deliverables are planned leading up to the Summit and included in the Annual Work Plan for the organization for next year.
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.

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