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mrc 19 May 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong strategic environmental assessment workshop studies dam development opportunities and risks

Recognising that dams are highly contentious and many interested groups have concerns and issues with any type of development proposal, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) is conducting a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of proposed mainstream hydropower schemes on the lower Mekong mainstream river. The purpose of the SEA - underway since May 2009 - is to systematically bring together information and analysis that MRC Programmes, governments and stakeholders have assembled for input to and consideration of mainstream hydropower proposals.
mrc 26 April 2010 , Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Cooperation and Sharing of Knowledge Vital to Protecting and Adapting to the Changes of the Mekong Environment and Climate Risks Says MRC

Scientists, government officers, and NGOs from around the world are meeting this week in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss environmental and climate change issues in the Mekong basin.
mrc 05 April 2010 , Hua Hin, THAILAND

Mekong Prime Ministers agree to prioritise climate change as summit ends

Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam have agreed that adjusting to the challenges posed by climate change is a regional priority, as high-level talks in Hua Hin come to a close today.
mrc 04 April 2010 , Hau Hin, Thailand

ASEAN, MRC to Boost Cooperation on Mekong Issues

The ASEAN Secretariat announced today that it will cooperate with the Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) in the development and management of the Mekong water resources as well as in addressing challenges common to the two organisaions.
mrc 03 April 2010 , Hau Hin, Thailand

Hua Hin conference calls on Mekong leaders to balance economic development with protection of water resources

International water experts meeting in Hua Hin have today released a statement calling upon the governments of the Mekong River Basin to work together to protect water resources in the region when considering any future development projects.
mrc 03 April 2010 , Hau Hin, Thailand

Danish Government supports Mekong countries as they come to grips with climate change

The Danish Government has pledged today to provide nearly US$ 1 million (DKK 4.8 million) to help Mekong countries counter the effects of climate change.
mrc 03 April 2010 , Hau Hin, Thailand

Finland supports Mekong countries to take up emerging challenges

Efforts to create an integrated water resource development strategy across the Mekong river basin received a new boost today as the Finnish Government committed to a grant of Euros 1 million to support the MRC Water Management Trust Fund.
mrc 02 April 2010 , Hau Hin, Thailand

State of Mekong Basin good but future developments bring both risks and opportunities says MRC report

A report released by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) reveals good news for the general health of the Mekong Basin, but warns that this and the eco-systems of the river system could be threatened by proposed infrastructure and expanding populations.
mrc 26 March 2010 , Bangkok, THAILAND

China ready to share data on Mekong water levels ahead of regional river summit

China has agreed to share hydrological data with countries in the lower basin says the Mekong River Commission (MRC), days before a high-level summit takes place in Hua Hin to discuss river management issues.
mrc 16 March 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Op-Ed: Low river levels caused by extreme low rainfall

The following is an op-ed written by Jeremy Bird, CEO of the Mekong River Commission, which appeared in the Bangkok Post, 16 March 2010

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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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