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mekong-river-boat.jpg   29 September 2014

No extreme water releases are planned for dam operations, says China

29 September 2014, Vientiane, LAO PDR—Mekong water levels have remained below flood levels within the last week despite rainfall in Southern China and the Lower Mekong Basin. Following a request for information on their planned dam operations, China’s Ministry of Water Resources has informed the MRC that no extreme water releases are planned that would cause floods in the downstream reaches of the Mekong. According to Chinese authorities any discharges will be appropriately controlled below a volume of 4,500 cubic metres per second. So far monitored discharged rates from the Jinghong dam are far below the rate of 7,000 cubic metres per second which is what the MRC’s modelling simulations suggest could cause overflows downstream. In the event of a significant alteration in their reservoir operations, the Chinese authorities will inform the MRC in advance.
rainfal-n-jinghong-dam-water-pr.jpg   15 September 2014

Rainfall and Jinghong dam water discharge not yet causes of flood concerns in Mekong countries

15 September 2014, Vientiane, LAO PDR—Rainfall volume and the current release of water from the Jinghong dam in China in the past weeks have not triggered flood concerns in the downstream reaches of the Mekong River for the upcoming week, and water levels along the Mekong banks in the upper parts of Thailand and Lao PDR are still below flood levels, according to initial analysis of the Mekong River Commission.
MRC-intl-Conf-hilight.jpg   03 September 2014

MRC introduces publication on transboundary cooperation at World Water Week 2014

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has published a technical paper highlighting the benefits of cooperation and the role of river and aquifer basin organisations in managing transboundary basins. The publication, entitled Cooperation for Water, Energy and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate, is based on the International Conference of the same name held in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam from 2-3 April 2014. It is a collection of case studies and the views shared by international experts and participants on three key issues: sustainable development, climate change adaptation in a transboundary context and benefits of cooperation.
council-2014BKK.jpg   26 June 2014 , Bangkok, Thailand

MRC Council reaches conclusions on pressing issues

BANGKOK, Thailand, 26th June 2014—Ministerial delegates from the Mekong River Commission Council (the MRC Council) today reaffirmed the organisation’s relevance as a regional cooperation platform as it agreed on key issues including the acceleration of the Council Study, a decentralisation reform and the Prior Consultation process for the Don Sahong Hydropower Project.
six-leaders.jpg   05 April 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong leaders seek sound judgment on development risks

Accelerating basin-wide studies to reduce negative impacts and battling natural disaster woes are among key priorities for Mekong nations
press-4-4-14a.jpg   03 April 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

International experts call for Mekong leaders to look beyond water to achieve real impact

Intensified and balanced interactions are key to achieve practical goals to tackle climate change woes amidst increased water, energy and food demands, concluded an International Conference
water-expert.jpg   02 April 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Water experts and global leaders call for action to cooperate and protect water resources

2 April, 2014, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam - The crucial role of water in food security and energy played centre-stage on the first day of the Mekong River Commission’s International Conference on Cooperation for Water, Energy, and Food Security in Transboundary Basins under Changing Climate.
Hycos1.jpg   07 March 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong water levels higher than average despite local concerns

7 March 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR— Water levels on much of the Mekong River have been higher than the long-term average since November last year with unusual fluctuations observed in last December and February, according to monitoring and forecasting data from the Mekong River Commission (MRC).
mrc 28 January 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong’s higher turbidity likely caused by heavy rainfall

28 January 2014, Vientiane, Lao PDR— Unusually high rainfall is the most likely cause of a recently observed increase in sediment concentrations in large parts of the Lower Mekong Basin but the trend is decreasing, according to a preliminary analysis of the Mekong River Commission.
PR Don Sahong Jan 2014   16 January 2014 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC takes Don Sahong Project discussions to ministerial level

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 16 January 2014— Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam today agreed to take the Don Sahong Hydropower Project discussions to the MRC Council, the higher ministerial level of the organisation comprising water and environment ministers of the Member Countries.

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