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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.
upper-river-and-boat.jpg   15 October 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Results of Strategic Environmental Assessment of Hydropower on the Mekong Mainstream Released

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today released the draft final report of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for hydropower development projects proposed on the mainstream Mekong River. In response to a high level of interest to construct up to twelve mainstream hydropower projects in Cambodia, Lao PDR and on the Lao-Thai border, the SEA weighs the proposed projects' opportunities against the risks.
fishing dam   22 September 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC receives first notification of mainstream Mekong project

 

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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

Every year, water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam who are members of the MRC Council convene to review and come to mutual conclusion on the management and development of water and related resources of the lower Mekong

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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