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3rd China Symposium Group Photo   30 October 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Press Release: Mekong River Commission and China’s Ecosystem Study Commission for International Rivers held 3rd Joint Technical Symposium on sharing experience on sediment control and management for river dams

30 October 2017, Nanjing, China – On October 16-17, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Ecosystem Study Commission for International River (ESCIR) of its Dialogue Partner China jointly organized the 3rd Technical Symposium on ‘Capacity Building and Experience Sharing on Sediment Control and Management for River Dams’. This symposium was an opportunity for the experts and participants from both China and MRC member countries and Secretariat to learn and discuss the experiences in monitoring and managing long-term cumulative effects of cascade hydropower dams on sediment, hydrological regime and ecological environment in the Mekong river. ESCIR was the main co-organizer of the symposium, which has become a regular mechanism for technical engagement between the MRC and China.
MRC mekong river   30 October 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

China to release emergency water from Jinghong Reservoir on October 31, 2017

30 October 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR - MRC received a one-day advance ‘emergency notification’ from China – its dialogue partner – about its planned water discharge from the Jinghong Reservoir to the lower Mekong River tomorrow, aimed to ensure power grid security.
sm DSC5573 0001 JEP8915   12 October 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Press Release: Mekong River Commission Mainstreams Gender in its Work with a New Action Plan

12 October 2017, Vientiane – Today, the MRC Gender Action Plan Consultation and Capacity Building Workshop for Mainstreaming Gender in the Organization brings together member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), experts of the MRC Secretariat (MRCS), and other partners to discuss the MRC Gender Action Plan developed by the MRC Secretariat. The workshop further provides an opportunity for the National Mekong Committee Secretariats to develop and strengthen their own Action Plans to align with the MRC Gender Action Plan. 
Transboundary water resources mgt issues   28 September 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

New Books: Mekong Water Management Challenges Identified for Collaborative Planning

28 September 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR – Exploitative fishing practices, uncoordinated development of water infrastructure, and insufficient monitoring and sharing of hydro-data are among the major challenges facing Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam in managing their shared water resources across the Mekong borders, say new studies examining barriers to ensuring sustainable management of the Mekong’s water.
Gill nets   27 September 2017

Monitoring Fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin

The Mekong River is one of the largest river in the world and is home to a wealth of biodiversity and aquatic life. Fisheries is a crucial contributor to socio-economic development in the Mekong and a vital source of livelihood and food security for people living along the Mekong River banks. On the flip side, increasing infrastructural development, population growth, and economic development have changed the fisheries trends over the past few decades. The Mekong countries, thus, have put fisheries monitoring central to understand its status and trend in light of development pressures in the Basin. 
MRC Data management inside   25 September 2017 , Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong River Commission keen to improve data sharing and management in the Lower Mekong Basin

On September 14-15, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) hosted the Regional Consultation Workshop on Data Management Improvement. The consultation convened representatives of the MRC, National Mekong Committees, and development partners including the World Bank, Australia, and the United States. The consultation heard about the status of data management at the national and regional levels, regional and international initiatives shared by the Lower Mekong Initiative in its proposed Mekong Water Data Initiative, Australia’s World Water Data Initiative developed under the auspices of the UN-World Bank High Level Panel on Water, and explored areas of further cooperation.
JEP9247   21 September 2017

Typhoon Doksuri Raises Water Level in the Mekong

The Mekong River Commission monitors the Mekong river daily, including water level, water quality, as well as flood and drought forecasting. Our data affirms that Typhoon Doksuri (Doksuri) is the main contributor to the rising water level in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB).
IMG1   15 September 2017 , Thailand

Lessons from Bilateral Water Cooperation Shared with Stakeholders in Thailand

15 September 2017, Sakon Nakhon, Thailand – Frequent dialogue to understand each other, attention to different needs of the concerned countries, and strong commitment to joint actions are some of the main lessons learnt from bilateral projects of water cooperation among the four Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, according to a public regional forum organised by the Thai National Mekong Committee.
Oslo forum Web banner inside3   07 September 2017 , Oslo, Norway

Joint Press Release: Mekong+ Forum Explores New Frontiers in Sustainable Hydropower Development

7 September 2017, Oslo, Norway – On 4-6 September, stakeholders of hydropower-interest groups gathered in the Norwegian Capital at a forum themed “Mekong+ New Frontiers in Sustainable Hydropower Development”. The forum explored sustainability policies, guidelines, and safeguards as the core of project planning and implementation in a growing number of investment portfolios, or so called ‘New Frontiers’ in hydropower development.
IWRMP meeting_2017   30 August 2017

Mekong countries reaffirm bilateral water cooperation along borders

29 August 2017, Da Nang, Viet Nam – Representatives of four Mekong countries reaffirmed at a meeting their commitment to expedite their five bilateral projects that promote transboundary dialogue and improve coordinated water resources management along the borders.

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