MRC holds regional forum on update of basin development strategy


Siem Reap, Cambodia, 19 Nov 2014

19 November 2014, Vientiane, LAO PDR—The Mekong River Commission (MRC) will hold a regional forum on 20–22 November 2014 in Siem Reap, Cambodia to involve stakeholders in the updating of its Basin Development Strategy.

The current 2011-2015 Strategy provides direction for development planning within the region. It is reviewed and updated every five years to ensure that decision-making on water and related resources is based upon up-to-date knowledge and feedback from stakeholders.

Linking regional and national planning in the Lower Mekong Basin, the Integrated Water Resources Management-based Basin Development Strategy identifies the needs and priorities that provide direction and support the Member Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam) in their optimizing their development plans while minimising the risks and effects to the environment.

To gain feedback and input from a wider range of stakeholder during the updating of this Strategy, the MRC will hold the regional forum to bring together experts, representatives from non-governmental organisations, civil society, the private sector, regional and international organisations and government officials, among others, to discuss issues that affect development such as food security, climate change, hydropower, regional cooperation, fisheries, tourism, etc. These discussions will be taken into account in the updating of the Strategy. The forum will be conducted in an open and interactive fashion. It will also include a photo exhibition and other organisations will present their work in the exhibition area.

The event will take place at the Apsara Angkor Resort and Conference, National Route 6, Airport Road, Kruos Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia. More information on the forum including an overview, format and programme, is available on the following link:

Notes to editors:

The Mekong River Commission is the intergovernmental body responsible for cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose members include Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Viet Nam. It was established to promote cooperation among its members and thus it is not a supranational or regulatory body.

The MRC is the intergovernmental body responsible for cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose members include Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. It is established to promote cooperation amongst the Member Countries and thus it is not a supra-national or regulatory body.

In dealing with this challenge, the commission looks across all sectors including sustaining fisheries, identifying opportunities for agriculture, maintaining the freedom of navigation, flood management and preserving important ecosystems. Superimposed on these are the future effects of more extreme floods, prolonged drought and sea level rise associated with climate change. In providing its advice, the MRC aims to facilitate a broad range of dialogue among governments, the private sector and civil society.

The MRC Secretariat provides technical, advisory and administrative services to the member states. It facilitates regional meetings of the Member Countries and provides technical advice on joint planning, coordination and cooperation. It also works closely with the four countries’ coordinating bodies, the National Mekong Committees (NMCs), and other state agencies. Currently, the People’s Republic of China and the Union of Myanmar are engaged as MRC Dialogue Partners.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Khy Lim, Communication Officer, Office of the Secretariat in Phnom Penh


Phone +85523 425 353 extension 1061


The International Cooperation and Communication Section, Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane


Phone: +856 263 263 extension 4062

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