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Cover v19   13 February 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Actions to address Mekong plastic pollution take shape

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 13 February 2020 – 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 of plastic pollutants in the region and offer policy recommendations to address the challenges.
Cover v18   07 February 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

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

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 7 February 2020 – 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. 
DJI 0452 SM   31 December 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

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

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 31 December 2019 — 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 Beijing China 18 December 2019   18 December 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

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

Beijing, China, 18 December 2019 — 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 Resources Cooperation Center (LMC Water Center). 
CEO Hatda and German Ambassador Jens sign funding agreement 1   13 December 2019 to 12 December 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

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

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 13 December 2019 — 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 mainstream dams. 
The Mekong River at Sangthong district  1   09 December 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

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

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 December 2019 – 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 phenomenon may spread to other parts of the River where low flows occur. 
MRC ministerial council approves a drought management strategy Overview   26 November 2019 , Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 26 November 2019 – 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 collectively. 
Pak Beng Dam Site Pak Beng00005 sm   19 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

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

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 19 November 2019 – 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.    
Cover v17   07 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

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

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 November 2019 – 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 regional forum organized by the MRC. 

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Germany supplies scientific equipment to MRC to monitor dam impacts

The government of Germany today provided equipment for the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to monitor transboundary environmental impacts from two mainstream dams on the Lower Mekong River.

MRC Secretariat, International Office for Water partner for better water and information management

Regional and national information management systems improvement, and exchanges of knowledge and staff are among the key areas to benefit from a new partnership between the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat and International Office for Water (OIEa

Facebook joins with Mekong River Commission to raise awareness about flood and drought in the Mekong

Facebook and the MRC Secretariat today launched a collaboration initiative to provide early flood alert and drought monitoring.

MRC Secretariat welcomes China’s pledge to share Mekong data but suggests harnessing existing platform

The Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) has welcomed a statement by Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, pledging to share year-round hydrological data with the Mekong countries.

Mekong countries urged to address low water flows: Mekong River Commission

The six Mekong countries are being urged to address regional low water flows as the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) endures record lows for the second consecutive year, according to a Mekong River Commission report.

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