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Cover v12   16 August 2019

Mekong related regional cooperation frameworks recommend more joint efforts, coordination to boost effectiveness

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 16 August 2019 – The importance of synergizing programs of activities of various Mekong related regional frameworks and improved mechanisms for  information sharing and collaboration in overcoming the challenges of becoming a more resilient and sustainable Mekong region were some of the key recommendations born out of a one-day meeting of the Mekong River Commission’s Expert Group on Strategy and Partnership.
Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Project Xayaburi00065 v2   06 August 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Water flow from China’s Jinghong dam to decrease

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 6 August 2019 –– The outflow of water from the Jinghong hydropower station in China’s Yunnan province will decrease by about 25-45 percent over five days, according to an official notification from China’s Ministry of Water Resources being copied to the Mekong River Commission Secretariat on Monday.
MRC and China renew pact on water data Cover   19 July 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC and China renew pact on water data provision and other cooperation initiatives

Beijing, China, 19 July 2019 — The People’s Republic of China has agreed to continue sharing hydrological data with the Mekong River Commission, which will contribute to better river monitoring and flood forecasting in the Mekong countries.
Pak Beng Dam Site Pak Beng00005   18 July 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong water levels reach low record

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 18 July 2019 – The Mekong water levels during this early flood season from June to July are among the lowest on record, falling below their historical long-term minimum levels. But the situation is expected to get better at the end of July.
JEP0961   03 July 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Water flow from China’s Jinghong station to fluctuate, but no major impact is expected

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 3 July 2019 — The outflow of water from the Jinghong hydropower station in China’s Yunnan province will be fluctuating from 5 – 19 July 2019, according to an official notification from China’s Ministry of Water Resources being copied to the Mekong River Commission Secretariat today. But with more rain in forecast and the wet season already starting, no major worrying trend is anticipated. 
Cover Development partners felicitate MRC on good work   21 June 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Development partners felicitate MRC on good work, outline key areas for joint actions

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 21 June 2019 — Development partners of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) have praised it for the good work it has done over the first half of 2019 and outlined key areas for the Commission to focus on over the next strategic cycle.
01 v2   06 June 2019

Renewed partnership with Murray-Darling Basin Authority will prepare Mekong for current and future challenges

Canberra, Australia, 6 June 2019 – Mekong basin-wide planning, environmental monitoring, flood and drought management, climate change adaption, and stakeholder engagement are some of the key areas to benefit from a renewed partnership between the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) of Australia.
Pannel discussion   21 May 2019 , Bangkok, Thailand, 22 May 2019

Joint efforts for the sustainable development of the Mekong River

On 20 and 21 May 2019, 180 representatives from various stakeholder groups gathered at the Seventh Mekong River Commission (MRC) Regional Stakeholder Forum to learn lessons from current joint efforts and find better ways to address urgent challenges facing the Mekong. Participants included representatives from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Viet Nam, China and Myanmar as well as research institutions, the private sector, development partners, and civil society organisations.
Cover v11   21 May 2019

Cambodia, Thailand agree on priorities for their flood and drought joint project

Bangkok, Thailand, 21 May 2019 – Officials from National Mekong Committees and line agencies of Cambodia and Thailand agreed on key priorities for floods and drought mitigation measures for a joint project on Flood and Drought Management for Tonle Sap sub-basin (9C/9T) between Cambodia and Thailand.
monitoring ewater v2   09 May 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong data and information system improvement receives Australian support

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 May 2019 – The Australian Government has provided funding of AUD 430,000 (approx. USD 300,000) to support the Mekong River Commission to implement its initiative in reinvigorating its data, modeling and information systems to provide enhanced and timely information to the public and MRC member countries.

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Actions to address Mekong plastic pollution take shape

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

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

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.

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

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

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 Res

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

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


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