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mrc 26 February 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Drought conditions cause low Mekong water flow

The current water level on the mainstream Mekong River is significantly below average in Northern Lao PDR and Thailand. Levels at mainstream measuring stations at Chiang Saen, Chiang Khan, Luang Prabang, Vientiane and Nong Khai are below those that occurred in the low flow season of 1993, which followed the most extreme regional drought on record in 1992.
25 January 2010 to 26 January 2010 , Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

MRC/IUCN Regional Workshop on Mekong Wetlands, Biodiversity, and Livelihoods

On 25-26 January over 40 wetlands specialists met in Ho Chi Minh City in a workshop organised by Mekong River Commission (MRC) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in order to share recent experience, knowledge gained and lessons learned from ongoing work on wetlands in the Mekong Basin, and to identify priority areas for future work.
mrc 12 January 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC to establish climate change adaption demonstration site in Savanakhet

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Government of Lao PDR have agreed to establish a site for demonstrating best practice in dealing with the potential impacts of climate change on Lao agriculture and rural life.
mrc 04 January 2010 to 30 June 2010 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC consultation regarding mainstream Mekong dams

Submissions are invited to the team working for the MRC on the Strategic Environmental Assessment, which is examining the 11 mainstream hydropower dams currently proposed by the private sector along the Mekong. Your submission will form an important input into the analysis.
mrc 17 December 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Cambodia and Viet Nam formally open-up cross-border river trade on the Mekong

Cambodia and Viet Nam have signed a treaty that will allow freedom of navigation on Mekong waterways between the two countries and increase access to the river system for foreign vessels.
mrc 04 December 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC to have two permanent offices - Phnom Penh and Vientiane

Efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability formed the basis of recent major decision by the MRC Council not to move its current Secretariat every five years and to set up two permanent home bases in Vientiane and Phnom Penh.
mrc 28 November 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR/Hua Hin, Thailand

Mekong Ministers meet in Hua Hin to discuss water issues

Hydropower, climate change, fisheries and flood management loom large for the Mekong Basin, with ministers from four countries meeting in Hua Hin this week to discuss strategies for trans-boundary river management.
mrc 27 November 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR/Hua Hin, Thailand

France strengthens support for Mekong environmental management

The Mekong River Commission announced this week that it is to receive over € 500,000 in support from the French government over the next two years to help efforts in environmental monitoring and management in the Mekong basin.
mrc 27 November 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR/Hua Hin, Thailand

Belgium gives US$10.4 million to Mekong countries to improve river navigation

The issues of both mainstream hydropower and freedom of navigation on the Mekong River are in the spotlight this week in Thailand as the Belgian government agrees to increase its support to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) with a US$ 10.4 million contribution over the next four years.
mrc 20 November 2009 , Vientiane, Lao PDR/Hua Hin, Thailand

Mekong River Commission hosts high-level regional meeting at Hua Hin

The future use of Mekong Basin water resources as a tool for promoting economic growth will come under scrutiny at a meeting of the Mekong River Commission’s Council to be held in Hua Hin, Thailand this month, to which media organisations are invited.

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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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