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The 8th MRC Regional Stakeholder Forum 3   06 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Stakeholders suggest key priorities for next Mekong basin development strategy

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 6 November 2019 – Improving information management and sharing, moving towards coordinated operation of dams, increasing cooperation with Mekong related frameworks, creating more space for community engagement, and increasing efforts to protect environmental assets were some of the key priorities stakeholders recommended the Mekong River Commission take up in the update of the Mekong Basin Development Strategy (BDS) and Strategic Plan.   
Cover 2   06 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Taking a closer look at the MRC’s prior consultation process, Khmer Times

About 200 people representing civil society, academics, the private sector, governments and development partners have gathered in Laos for the Mekong River Commission’s regional forum. Today, participants discussed the Lao-proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project and An Pich Hatda, chief executive officer of the MRC Secretariat, spoke with Khmer Times about the prior consultation process. 
Cover v15   22 October 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong water related resources need urgent protection, better planning and management, says a new MRC report

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 22 October 2019 — The apparent permanent modification of mainstream flow regime, the substantial reduction in sediment flows due to sediment trapping, the continuing loss of wetlands, the deterioration of riverine habitats, the growing pressures on capture fisheries, and the limited information sharing on current water development facilities and water use are some of the major challenges facing countries in the Mekong, says a new report by the Mekong River Commission (MRC). 
Cover v13   09 October 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Prior Consultation process starting date for Luang Prabang project agreed

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 October 2019 — The Mekong River Commission’s Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) for the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) has agreed on the official starting date of a six-month prior consultation process for the 1,460-megawatt Luang Prabang hydropower project proposed on the Mekong mainstream in Lao PDR. 
Cover MRC   08 October 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC, Morocco concretize cooperation, eying for a regional educational visitor center in Laos

Rabat, Morocco, 8 October 2019 — The Mekong River Commission and the Moroccan government last week brought their cooperation in renewable energy and eco-tourism to a new level as they sought to strengthen the existing partnership. 
Mekong Xayaburi00007   01 October 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Laos to undertake prior consultation for Luang Prabang hydropower project

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 1 October 2019 — The Lao Government will undertake the Mekong River Commission’s prior consultation process for the Luang Prabang hydropower project located between the proposed Pak Beng project on the upstream and the nearly completed downstream Xayaburi project. The run-of-the-river dam will operate continuously year-round and produce 1,460 MW of electricity. 
Public hearing from Mississippi ed   24 September 2019

Public hearing from Mississippi, an example to increase community participation in a systematic structure

For the people living along the Mississippi River in the United States, 2019 was a critical year. It was the wettest year on record during the 1895-2019. Floods have endangered the lower basin resulting from a series of floods in tributaries and sets records for duration and total volume.
cs front   23 September 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Interactive report for the Council Study

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23 September 2019 - How can we stimulate strong economic growth without compromising environmental sustainability and leaving anyone behind? The MRC Council Study, whose findings and recommendations are now captured in a “interactive version” released today, gives answers to this question.
Cover sm   23 September 2019 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

Asia-Europe Meeting recommends actions to strengthen water partnership for sustainable development and inclusive growth

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 23 September 2019 — As a two-day 8th Asia-Europe Meeting Sustainable Development Dialogue concluded Friday last week in Cambodia’s Siem Reap, several recommendations were made to enhance water partnerships between the Mekong and European countries to achieve sustainable development and inclusive growth. 
Mekong Flood 08072   05 September 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

First Mekong flood reaches Thailand and Lao PDR before landing on Cambodia over the next few days

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 5 September 2019 – The Mekong River flood has now reached Thailand and Lao PDR, while over the next few days will land on Cambodia.

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Actions to address Mekong plastic pollution take shape

In a bid to reduce plastic waste and fight plastic pollution in the Mekong region, government officials and researchers from the four Mekong countries agreed to assess plastic waste leakage into the Mekong River system in order to inform the current state

More impact studies, mitigation measures needed for proposed Luang Prabang dam, says a public forum

Mekong stakeholders raised concerns and suggested the Lao government to conduct more assessments on the potential transboundary environmental and social impacts of the proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project.

Mekong water levels to drop due to dam equipment testing in China

The water outflows at the Jinghong hydropower station in China will be reduced by more than 50% due to dam equipment testing from 1 – 4 January 2020, affecting river water levels in Thailand, Lao PDR and Cambodia.

MRC Secretariat, LMC Water Center ink first MOU for better upper-lower Mekong management

Data and information exchange, basin-wide monitoring, and joint assessment on Mekong water and related resources are among the main areas to benefit from a new partnership between the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) and Lancang-Mekong Water Res

Cross-border water cooperation and joint environmental monitoring received German support

The German government today provided additional 2 million euro (approx. U$2.2 million) to the Mekong River Commission to increase cross-border water dialogue and cooperation and support efforts in monitoring transboundary environmental impacts from Mekong


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