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

Mekong Flood 08186 sm

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23 January 2017, 23 Jan 2017

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.

 

The agreement was signed by Dr. Pham Tuan Phan, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC Secretariat and Ms. Karin Roelofs, Head, Cluster Water, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands. The grant contributes to the MRC basket fund for the implementation of MRC priorities with one third is earmarked to successfully finalize the Flood Management and Mitigation Initial Studies. The Initial Studies are to demonstrate the formulation of strategic directions to manage existing, future and residual flood risks in selected areas of the Lower Mekong Basin. 

“We are glad to welcome the Netherlands back to the MRC as an active development partner after 5 years. The MRC appreciates their support for the MRC flood management and mitigation activities during 2002 -2012” said Dr. Pham Tuan Phan. “Through this new funding, the MRC will not only be able to finalize the Initial Studies but also conduct other works of high priority in the Strategic Plan.”

During this strategic cycle of 2016-2020, the MRC will focus its work on four key result areas: strengthening regional cooperation, improving monitoring and communication of conditions in the basin, enhancing national plans and projects and turning the MRC into a leaner, more effective river basin organization.

In an effort to increase water efficiency in agriculture, the MRC will also strengthen its cooperation with the Netherlands in optimizing water use in agriculture production within the basin.

“Through this contribution the Netherlands emphasizes its hopes that a restructured MRC will play an active role in the sustainable development of the Mekong Basin, especially as a broker of impartial knowledge and data”, said Ms. Roelofs. “We hope that our renewed engagement will help balance the needs of the most vulnerable segments of societies in the basin, and the important ecosystem services the Mekong provides, with the economic opportunities it offers.”

The Netherlands has contributed so far more than USD 16 million to the MRC since 1997 for activities related to wetland biodiversity, and flood management and mitigation.

 


 

Note 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, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. It serves as a regional platform for water diplomacy as well as a knowledge hub of water resources management for the sustainable development of the region.It is not a supra-national or regulatory body. 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.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Le Thi Huong Lien
Communication and Press Officer, Mekong River Commission Secretariat, Vientiane
huonglien@mrcmekong.org | +856-21 263 263 ext 4704

Latest News

Mekong River Commission to advance its data and information systems

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat is reinvigorating its data, modeling and information systems to provide enhanced and timely information to the public and MRC member countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, according to the Secr

Key priorities agreed for Cambodia-Lao PDR joint transboundary project

Officials from National Mekong Committees and line agencies of Cambodia and Lao PDR last week agreed on joint actions of key priorities for a joint project on cross-border water resource development and management between Cambodia (Stung Treng) and Lao PD

Key recommendations and suggestions to manage risks for Pak Lay project discussed

A summary of recommendations and suggestions of proposed impact mitigation and risk management measures and a final draft technical review report (TRR) of the Lao PDR’s proposed Pak Lay hydropower

Second riparian Chief Executive Officer assumes office today

An Pich Hatda of Cambodia took the helm of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat today, assuming the post of Chief Executive Officer.

Stakeholders continue debating Pak Lay project, offers a set of recommendations to improve it

More than 120 participants from various stakeholder groups gathered today in Luang Prabang to further debate the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project as the Mekong River Commission (MRC) convened the 2nd regional stakeholder session on the project, as part


Media Contact

For media inquires, please contact:
Sopheak Meas: sopheak@mrcmekong.org
Le Thi Huong Lien: huonglien@mrcmekong.org or
mrcmedia@mrcmekong.org or view the Contact page here