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Cover v9   25 April 2019 , Vung Tau City, Viet Nam

Regional flood center to also address drought issues, new policies to strengthen internal control: MRC

Vung Tau City, Viet Nam, 25 April 2019 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today announced a new effort to address flood and drought issues in the Mekong region, and set new policies to strengthen internal control and operation within its Secretariat.
Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Project Xayaburi00055   08 April 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Water flow in Jinghong of China to decrease, but without significant impact downstream

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 8 April 2019 — The outflow of water at the Jinghong hydropower station in China will gradually decrease by almost half over a seven-day period in April, according to an official notification from China’s Ministry of Water Resources being copied to the Mekong River Commission Secretariat today. But no worrying trends are detected. 
Cover v8   05 April 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC awards green campaign winners to celebrate Mekong Day, raise awareness of plastic pollution

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 5 April 2019 — The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today awarded winners of its green campaign to celebrate the Mekong Day anniversary and raise awareness of the danger of plastic waste in the Mekong River basin.  
Cover v7   04 April 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Statement on Prior Consultation process for Pak Lay agreed, Joint Action Plans for Pak Beng and Pak Lay approved

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 4 April 2019 — The Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam today agreed on a Statement on the prior consultation process for the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project, as the members concluded the six-month prior consultation process.
MRC reinforces knowledge hub   03 April 2019 , By An Pich Hatda, CEO of the MRC Secretariat

Op-ed: MRC reinforces knowledge hub and water diplomacy role for resilient Mekong futures

Today, we who live in the Mekong River basin face unprecedented risks and challenges. More extreme weather—floods, storms and droughts—are already changing the river basin we once knew. Our region has been deemed one of the most vulnerable to climate change impacts in the world.
95 signing agreement v2   02 April 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Invitation to Mekong Day “Let’s Act Green for a Greener Mekong”

1554180753568 edit   02 April 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Morocco invites CEO for visit and will support MRC with irrigation training and renewable energy assessment

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 1 April 2019 - H.E. Mr. Abdelilah EL HOUSNI, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar paid a courtesy call on Dr. An Pich Hatda, Chief Executive Officer of the Mekong River Commission Secretariat, delivering an Invitation Letter from his Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to the CEO for a working visit to Morocco. In addition, Morocco also will cooperate with MRC on irrigation training and assessing renewable energy.
IMG 8281 Edit v2   18 March 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong River Commission to advance its data and information systems

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 18 March 2019 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat is reinvigorating its data, modeling and information systems to provide enhanced and timely information to the public and MRC member countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, according to the Secretariat's top management.  
Key priorities agreed for Cambodia Lao PDR joint transboundary project   06 March 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Key priorities agreed for Cambodia-Lao PDR joint transboundary project

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 6 March 2019 – Officials from National Mekong Committees and line agencies of Cambodia and Lao PDR last week agreed on joint actions of key priorities for a joint project on cross-border water resource development and management between Cambodia (Stung Treng) and Lao PDR (Champasak).
Cover v6   22 February 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Key recommendations and suggestions to manage risks for Pak Lay project discussed

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 22 February 2019 – A summary of recommendations and suggestions of proposed impact mitigation and risk management measures and a final draft technical review report (TRR) of the Lao PDR’s proposed Pak Lay hydropower project were among the key topics that the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) for the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) deliberated today in Vientiane during its third and last meeting.

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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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