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4th-BDP-Forum-mtng-room.jpg   21 November 2014 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

MRC addresses long-term balanced development needs and strategies at regional forum

21 November 2014, Siem Reap, Cambodia — The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is holding the two-day event to involve stakeholders in the updating of the Mekong Basin Development Strategy. The strategy is reviewed and updated every five years to prescribe actions that should be taken by the MRC and relevant actors—working with counterparts at the regional and national levels—to strengthen cooperation, improve national development planning, address key gaps in knowledge and strengthen basin management procedures. Feedback from a wide-range of stakeholders is taken into account in the process
detailspage Mekong2RioPR   21 November 2014 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

MRC stakeholders call for joint development to address impending challenges and risks in the region

21 November 2014, Siem Reap, CAMBODIA—The Mekong River is globally important and complex and is ripe for balanced joint development that reduces risks, enhances benefits and protects the environment. These were some of the key messages from the Mekong River Commission’s basin development planning regional forum.
4th-BDPForum.jpg   19 November 2014 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

MRC holds regional forum on update of basin development strategy

19 November 2014, Vientiane, LAO PDR—The Mekong River Commission (MRC) will hold a regional forum on 20–22 November 2014 in Siem Reap, Cambodia to involve stakeholders in the updating of its Basin Development Strategy.
China-commits-to-continue.jpg   07 November 2014 , Vientiane

China commits to continue and enhance cooperation with the MRC

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 November 2014—China’s Vice Minister of Water Resources, H.E. Mr. JIAO Yong, yesterday expressed the goodwill of his country to continue and enhance the cooperation with the Mekong River Commission (MRC) during his visit to the MRC Secretariat in Vientiane, Lao PDR.
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

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Mekong River’s aquamarine hue likely to occur elsewhere due to low flows, bringing possible risks

The extremely low flow, slow drop in the river sediments, and presence of algae on the sand and bedrock river bottom are some of the possible causes why the Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color, says the Mekong River Commission. This phe

MRC ministerial council approves a drought management strategy, other policies, boosting Mekong countries’ ability to prepare for future disaster

Ministerial delegates from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council today at their annual gathering in Phnom Penh approved a drought management strategy for 2020-2025, allowing Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam to prepare for and manage drought co

Media advisory: Drought, hydrological condition and other policy issues on top agenda of MRC Council meeting next week

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Drought continues to hit Mekong countries, risking stress on crop production, water shortages

Severe to extreme drought is expected to hit countries in the lower Mekong basin from now until January 2020, warns the Mekong River Commission. Thailand and Cambodia would be hardest hit compared to Lao PDR and Viet Nam.

Avenues to make MRC’s prior consultation process more meaningful should be explored, says a public regional forum

Opportunities to make the Mekong River Commission’s Prior Consultation process more meaningful should be explored, and the required data and information on the Lao PDR’s proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project should be supplied, according to a public r


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