On 4 April 2017, Oudomxay Province Lao PDR, 6th Apr 2017
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.
In its initial review, MRCS experts found issues regarding the data and methodology used for planning and designing the project, the designs of the sediment transport, fish passage, navigation lock and dam safety structures, and made initial questioning and recommendations in order to further complete the MRC technical review report, which will be made available to the public before the 2nd Regional stakeholder forum to be organized on 5 May 2017 in Vientiane.
A site visit to Pak Beng Hydropower Project was organised on 5 April to for JCWG members to have first-hand experience and additional understanding about conditions of the project through direct interaction with the project developer, the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR and local communities.
The starting date for the 6-month Prior Consultation was officially from 20 December 2016. The first meeting of PNPCA JCWG was organised in Vientiane on 12 January 2017 to inform and discuss several key issues that require attention and common understanding and agreement to ensure successful implementation of the six-month prior consultation process. The first Regional Stakeholder Forum conducted on 22 and 23 February 2017 in Luang Prabang was an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to get an overview of the proposed Pak Beng hydropower project and the intended assessment methodologies for the review of the submitted documents and to express and share views and opinions.
The final meeting of JCWG will be held in June 2017 to come up with recommendations for the Joint Committee.
A delegation of Chinese hydrological experts visited national Mekong committees in Cambodia and Thailand from 24 to 31 May 2017. Led by Mr Kuang Jian
The forum provided an opportunity for hydropower developers and specialists, government, research institutes, development partners and other regional and international organizations to discuss about hydropower planning and development in the Mekong Basin.
The Lower Mekong Basin is at greater risk to climate change with extreme weather events such as typhoons and heat waves and is also more vulnerable to floods and droughts that can affect people’s livelihoods and reduce agricultural productivity
Effective planning, negotiation, and problem-solving built on trust and shared understanding is paramount for the MRC, as an inter-governmental organization
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today launches a regional photo contest entitled “Mekong Diversity through Your Eyes” for amateur photographers of all ages who are citizens and residents of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand a