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sunset.jpg   19 April 2011 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Lower Mekong countries take prior consultation on Xayaburi project to ministerial level

Lao PDR insists process is complete, while other lower Mekong countries raise concerns on impacts and gaps in technical knowledge and mitigation measures
33rd-JC-meeting.jpg   25 March 2011 , Preah Sihanouk Province, CAMBODIA

Mekong countries agree to convene additional meeting to seek conclusion on Xayaburi project

JC Special Session rescheduled: Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Due to unforeseen changes, members of the Joint Committee (JC) of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) have rescheduled the date of the JC Special Session on the prior consultation process for the proposed Xayaburi project. Please note that the date has changed from 21 April 2011 to Tuesday, 19 April 2011. The meeting’s venue has not changed and will be held at the Office of the MRC Secretariat in Vientiane. A media statement on the Special Session’s conclusions will be issued on the same date, following the end of the meeting.
Finland-signing.jpg   08 March 2011 , Bangkok, Thailand

Finland renews its support for sustainable hydropower development, knowledge management and capacity

The Government of Finland today committed an 11-million-Euro grant for the lower Mekong region, aiming to broaden its support towards sustainable hydropower development and widened stakeholder engagement in addition to other existing activities.
container-loading.JPG   01 March 2011 , Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Officials meet to implement pioneering Mekong waterways transport and trade agreement

Government officials from Cambodia’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport meet today with a wide ranging group of waterways users, from waterways customs officers to cargo forwarders to discuss the start-up of the agreement on cross-border waterway transportation signed between Cambodia and Viet Nam, over a year ago.
signing-with-germany230211.JPG   23 February 2011 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Germany renews its support to Mekong cooperation

The Federal Republic of Germany renewed its support to Mekong Cooperation through the Mekong River Commission today, with a new strategic framework on issues surrounding organisational transition towards decentralization of its core functions, pro-poor oriented sustainable hydropower development and transboundary climate change adaptation. The framework for the cooperation between the MRC and the Federal Republic of Germany addresses key challenges and opportunities for the Mekong River Basin and the future of the MRC’s organisational structure.
mrc 26 January 2011 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Innovative Tool for Mekong Basin-wide sustainable hydropower assessment launched

A breakthrough in sustainable hydropower development has been made with the launch of an innovative new assessment tool that helps identify, in as little as a week, the most sustainable sites, designs and operation rules for hydropower development in the lower Mekong River Basin.
CJP4W0076-14x20cm.jpg   26 January 2011 , Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Mekong countries adopt basin-wide directions for water development

Lower Mekong countries today agreed to adopt a set of strategic priorities for the basin-wide sustainable development of water resources, introducing a five-year action plan that addresses both economic opportunities and potential environmental and social impacts.
Water-collecting.jpg   25 January 2011 , Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Mekong countries agree with pact to protect water quality

Four Mekong countries today, for the first time, reached a transboundary agreement to protect the river’s water quality against emerging threats.
DMW-181.jpg   22 December 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Luxembourg supports Mekong climate change adaptation strategies

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg granted USD 2.6 million to the Mekong River Commission (MRC)’s Climate Change Adaptation Initiative to assist Mekong countries with climate change adaptation planning at a basin-wide level today. The grant is the first time Luxembourg has provided support to the MRC and represents a milestone in climate change adaptation planning for the Mekong region.
DCRW1285RJ 14x20 1   14 December 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong Countries supported on emerging environmental issues and climate risks

Mekong countries recently received continued support to strengthen their work on environmental protection and adaptation to climate risks as the Royal Government of Denmark committed a grant of 10 million Danish Kroner (equivalent to approximately 1.9 million USD) to the MRCfs Environment Programme.

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Prior Consultation process starting date for Luang Prabang project agreed

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 Luan

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

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.

Laos to undertake prior consultation for Luang Prabang hydropower project

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

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

The Public Hearing would make a good example for the MRC to consider for its public consultation and outreach activities to public from national to regional levels, especially for the update and implementation of basin-wide strategies and the Prior Notifi

Interactive report for the Council Study

The interactive report for the Council Study is the first interactive version for the MRC reports. It leads audience through main conclusions linking to detailed assessments in the technical Council Study reports ...


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