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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.
PR water levels Dec 2013 2   25 December 2013 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Sudden peak in water levels caused by unusually high rainfall

The Mekong River’s water levels had increased during the period of December 15-21, with a rise of over one metre in the mainstream. For example, further upstream of Vientiane, Lao PDR the rise in water levels was seen in Chiang Saen District of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand, rising from 4 metres to 6.5 metres between the 15th to the 17th of December 2013. Water levels at the Pak Beng water monitoring station in Lao PDR increased from 7.7 metre on  the 14th to 17.2 metre on the 17th, representing an almost 10-metre rise in three days. 
Don Sahong Map a   03 October 2013 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Lao PDR submits notification on Don Sahong Hydropower Project

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 3 October 2013—The Lao Government has notified the Mekong River Commission (MRC) of its decision to proceed with the development of the Don Sahong Hydropower Project in the Siphandone area of Southern Laos. The run-of-the-river dam will operate continuously year-round and produce 260 megawatts of electricity.
boats.jpg   30 August 2013 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong River Commission and China boost water data exchange

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 30 August 2013—The People’s Republic of China has agreed to share more hydrological data with the Mekong River Commission which will improve flood forecasting in the Lower Mekong countries.
EU-signing.jpg   16 January 2013 , Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

The European Union provides over 6 million USD to tackle climate change in the Mekong

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 16 January 2013—The European Union (EU) today committed 4.95 million EUR (over USD 6 million) to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to boost its efforts in responding to the region’s climate change challenges.
Hycos1.jpg   18 September 2012 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

Regional conference sets to strengthen use of shared, real-time data on Mekong rainfall and water levels

SIEM REAP, Cambodia, 18 September 2012—Over 100 hydrologists and other water experts gathered in this historical town for a two-day regional symposium to discuss lessons learned and ways forward in sharing and using real-time hydro-meteorological data in the Mekong region.
Sweden-signing28Jun12.jpg   28 June 2012 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Sweden provides US$ 8.5 million to strengthen sustainable development and management of Mekong resources

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 28 June 2012—The Swedish government today provided US$ 8.5 million to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to strengthen its management and development of water and related resources in the Lower Mekong Basin.
Mekong2Rio-discussion.jpg   03 May 2012 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Conference calls for innovative solutions for water, energy and food sectors

Political will needed for a ‘new, balanced nexus paradigm’ on natural resources management

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