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Mekong River Commission 7   25th April 2017

Mekong and Mississippi River Commissions further collaborate in exchanging water management experiences

Members of the Mekong River Commission Council spent five days in the Lower Mississippi Valley in the United States beginning April 2, 2017 arriving in Memphis, Tennessee and travelled to numerous locations in the region as the guests of the Mississippi River Commission. The group included leaders from member-country Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment including: Laos Minister Sommad Pholsena, Thailand Minister General Surasak Karnjanara and Viet Nam Minister Dr. Tran Hong Ha.
MRCs Pak Beng hydropower project   6th April 2017 , On 4 April 2017, Oudomxay Province Lao PDR

Consultation on Pak Beng hydropower project continued

On 4 April 2017, representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam gathered in Oudomxay province for the second Meeting of the Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) on the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) for the Pak Beng hydropower project. At the meeting, the participants discussed the First Draft Technical Review Report of the Pak Beng Hydropower Project by the Mekong River Committee Secretariat (MRCS) experts. In addition, Cambodia and Thailand shared views from their first round of National Information Sharing/Consultation Meetings.
Council Study Ho Chi Minh   28th March 2017 , 27-28 Mar 2017 at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The Council Study 8th Regional Technical Working Group Meeting

The Mekong River Commission Secretariat and the member countries are organizing the Council Study 8th Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) Meeting on 27-28 Mar 2017 at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. About 40 participants who coming from MRC secretariat including the MRC technical specialist, international and regional experts, senior technical officers from the member countries’ NMCs and line agencies, development partners participate in the Meeting.
Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Council Study and the Pak Beng Hydropower Project   23rd February 2017 , Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 23 February2017 (For immediate release)

Share, listen and act for sustainable development of the Mekong river

On 22 and 23 February 2017, more than 180 representatives from different interest groups gathered at the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Regional Stakeholder Forum to discuss progress and provide views on two important works: the Study on the Sustainable Development and Management of the Mekong River including impacts by mainstream hydropower projects, or Council Study, and the proposed Pak Beng Hydropower Project. Lao Minister of Natural Resourcesand Environment Sommad Pholsena[https://www.un.int/lao/statements_speeches/statement-he-mr-sommad-pholsena-minister-natural-resources-and-environment-lao] and Mekong River Commission CEO Pham Tuan Phan delivered keynote speeches at the Forum. Participants included MRC member country governments, development partners, NGOs, research institutes, media, and private developers of the proposed Pak Beng Project and the Xayaburi Hydropower Project.
IMG 8993   22nd February 2017 , Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

Welcome speech by the MRCS CEO at the Regional Stakeholder Forum On Council Study and Pak Beng Hydropower Project

*Regional Stakeholder Forum On Council Study and Pak Beng Hydropower Project * * * *22-23 February 2017, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR*
banner pakbang   27th January 2017 to 23rd February 2017 , 22-23 February 2017 at Luang Prabang

Official Annoucement: Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Council Study and the Pak Beng Hydropower Project

*Background information*
Mekong Flood 08186 sm   23rd January 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23 January 2017

The Government of the Netherlands continues its support to Mekong River Commission

*Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23 January 2017* – The Government of the Netherlands has granted USD 2.17 million to the Mekong River Commission in support of its MRC Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 including the Flood Management and Mitigation Initial Studies.
20170116 105612   16th January 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR, 16 January2017(For immediate release)

Mekong and Mississippi River Commissions strengthen its partnership

A high level delegation from the Mississippi River Commission led by its President, Maj. Gen. Michael C. Wehr, will visit the Mekong River Commission and its Member Countries of Lao PRD, Thailand and Viet Nam from 16 January to 22 January 2017. The Mississippi River Commission visited Cambodia in 2013.
IMG 7886   13th January 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR, 13 January 2017 (For immediate release)

Official Prior Consultation Process of the Pak Beng hydropower project kicked off

On 12 January 2017, representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam gathered at Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat (MRCS) in Vientiane to start the first meeting of the Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) on the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) for the Pak Beng hydropower project.
IMG 2151 web1   24th November 2016 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Government of Sweden provides USD 5.3 million to MRC for more sustainable development of the Mekong basin

*Vientiane, Lao PDR, 25 November 2016* – The Government of Sweden has granted SEK 49 million (equivalent to USD 5.3 million) to the Mekong River Commission to implement its strategic work on four key results areas.

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MRC supports Laos in advancing national climate change adaptation planning

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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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