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Pak Beng2   09 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.
JCWG Overview 1   08 June 2017 , Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

MRC’s 3rd Joint Committee Working Group for Pak Beng Hydropower Project Prior Consultation Process considered concerns from stakeholders

8 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR – Yesterday the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat organised the 3rd Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) for Pak Beng Hydropower Project Prior Consultation Process in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR ahead of the upcoming Joint Committee Special Session scheduled for 19 June 2017.
Mekong river CS brief3   06 June 2017 , Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

The effects of Chinese dams on water flows in the Lower Mekong Basin

Since 1993, China has built six dams in the mainstream on the Upper Mekong Basin, known as the Lancang in China. Operations of these dams have stirred many concerns from the Lower Mekong Basin communities on how these dams will impact their river and livelihoods. With the two biggest storage dams of the cascade, Xiaowan and Nuozhadu, their impacts have often been in the news. The concerns include how changes in water flow (discharge) impact on fisheries, sediments, and downstream community livelihoods.
IMG 3773 Edit   05 May 2017 , Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

The Mekong River Commission is striking a balance between development and protection of the Mekong river

By: Pham Tuan Phan, MRC CEO                                 Read in Khmer/Lao
 
Man on 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum on Pak Beng Hydropower   05 May 2017 , Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

MRC’s 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum on Pak Beng Hydropower Project addresses stakeholder concerns

5 May 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR – About 200 participants of various stakeholder groups gathered in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR for the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum of the proposed Pak Beng Hydropower Project.
Mekong River Commission 7   25 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   06 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   28 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   23 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 Resources and Environment Sommad Pholsena 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   22 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

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