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Overivew of the Mekong River in Luang Prabang area cover   11 May 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Laos to undertake prior consultation for Sanakham hydropower project

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 11 May 2020 — Lao PDR will undertake the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) prior consultation process for its Sanakham hydropower project, the sixth proposed project on the Mekong mainstream. The run-of-river dam will operate continuously year-round and produce 684 megawatts of electricity. 
DJI 0499   30 April 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong levels rise to normal, while more rainfall is in forecast

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 30 April 2020 – Water levels across the vast majority of lower Mekong basin have now returned to their normal long-term averages, says the Mekong River Commission (MRC). But they are still lower than those of the 2018 and 2019 dry seasons. 
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Greater transparency in data sharing and cooperation will improve management of the Mekong River, says MRC

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 21 April 2020 – Greater data sharing, transparency and cooperation between its Member Countries and Dialogue Partners will improve management of the Mekong River, the Mekong River Commission said today. 
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Mekong River Commission launches interactive and easy-to-use Mekong data portal

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 April 2020 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today launched a revitalised online data service platform that assembles, analyses, and visualises data about the health and condition of the Mekong River. 
Cover v23   01 April 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC's 25th Anniversary: A time to look back and see what lies ahead

It has been 25 years since Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam – all members of the MRC – signed on 5 April 1995 the Mekong Agreement to develop and protect Southeast Asia’s mighty Mekong River. Dr An Pich Hatda, who is the MRC Secretariat CEO, spoke with Khmer Times on what the organisation has achieved and faced, and key challenges facing the Mekong River and ways forwards.
Main MRC Home page banner 25 02 v2   17 March 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Campaign launched to celebrate 25th Anniversary of MRC, inspire river protection

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 16 March 2020 – The Mekong River Commission has launched a social media campaign in which all nationalities can enter and stand a chance to win different prizes. 
Cover v22   13 March 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Japan provides $3.9 million to tackle Mekong flood and drought issues

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 13 March 2020 – The government of Japan today granted JPY 412 million or approximately US$3.9 million to the Mekong River Commission in advancing its flood and drought monitoring and forecasting functions. 
IMG 6026 1   04 March 2020 , Pursat, Cambodia

Safeguarding livelihoods for fishing communities in Mekong Countries

Pursat, Cambodia, 4 March 2020 – The community at Dun Ei, a fishing village 180 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh, has been making a living through fishing along the Pursat River for generations. In recent years, however, river structures, such as dams and dikes, have been preventing fish from migrating upstream to their spawning and rearing grounds. For most of the year, fish have become scarce along the Pursat, forcing villagers to leave their homes in search of work. Those left behind face difficult livelihood and an uncertain future. 
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Pilot program to monitor impacts from Xayaburi and Don Sahong takes off

Norng Khai, Thailand, 24 February 2020 – Officials and experts from the lower Mekong countries kicked off the Mekong River Commission’s pilot program to monitor transboundary environmental impacts from the Xayaburi and Don Sahong dams to advise on measures to address any negative effects from the existing and future Mekong mainstream hydropower projects. 
Cover v20   20 February 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Stakeholders visiting Xayaburi dam continue calling for the developer to share operation rules, environmental monitoring data

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 20 February 2020 – Government officials and stakeholders suggested that the Xayaburi hydropower developer share information on the dam operation with the lower Mekong countries for better planning and management.

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Germany supplies scientific equipment to MRC to monitor dam impacts

The government of Germany today provided equipment for the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to monitor transboundary environmental impacts from two mainstream dams on the Lower Mekong River.

MRC Secretariat, International Office for Water partner for better water and information management

Regional and national information management systems improvement, and exchanges of knowledge and staff are among the key areas to benefit from a new partnership between the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat and International Office for Water (OIEa

Facebook joins with Mekong River Commission to raise awareness about flood and drought in the Mekong

Facebook and the MRC Secretariat today launched a collaboration initiative to provide early flood alert and drought monitoring.

MRC Secretariat welcomes China’s pledge to share Mekong data but suggests harnessing existing platform

The Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) has welcomed a statement by Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, pledging to share year-round hydrological data with the Mekong countries.

Mekong countries urged to address low water flows: Mekong River Commission

The six Mekong countries are being urged to address regional low water flows as the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) endures record lows for the second consecutive year, according to a Mekong River Commission report.

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