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CEO Hatda MRC   18 January 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Second riparian Chief Executive Officer assumes office today

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 18 January 2019 – An Pich Hatda of Cambodia took the helm of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat today, assuming the post of Chief Executive Officer.
MRC Stakeholders continue debating Pak Lay project Cover   17 January 2019 , Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

Stakeholders continue debating Pak Lay project, offers a set of recommendations to improve it

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 17 January 2019 – More than 120 participants from various stakeholder groups gathered today in Luang Prabang to further debate the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project as the Mekong River Commission (MRC) convened the 2nd regional stakeholder session on the project, as part of its 6th Regional Stakeholder Forum. At the forum, they collectively made recommendations to make the project a more sustainable and environmentally friendly one.
Cover v4   28 November 2018

Germany, EU renew support to strengthen Mekong transboundary water cooperation

Ha Long City, Viet Nam, 28 November 2018 — The Mekong River Commission (MRC) and the government of Germany and the European Union today signed agreements worth EUR 8.92 million (approx. $10 million) to enhance Mekong cross-border water cooperation, at the sidelines of the 25th Meeting of the MRC Council.
Cover v5   28 November 2018

MRC Council reaches conclusions on key managerial and policy matters

Ha Long City, Viet Nam, 28 November 2018 — Ministerial delegates from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council today reaffirmed the organization’s reform commitment and regional relevance as it agreed on key issues, including the endorsement of the selected candidate for the MRC Secretariat’s second riparian Chief Executive Officer and the annual work plan for 2019, including priority works.
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Mekong Lancang Cooperation: China welcomes MRC’s call for a closer tie

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 November 2018 – China has welcomed the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) call for a closer cooperation between the Lancang Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Center (LMWRCC) and MRC, says the MRC Secretariat’s top official.
rirst regional stakeholder forum report deliberated   06 November 2018

Draft technical review report, first regional stakeholder forum report deliberated

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 6 November 2018 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) for the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) and MRC Secretariat technical specialists met yesterday in Vientiane to discuss a first draft technical review report (TRR) of the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project. The meeting, which gathered 80 people, deliberated on the draft report and provided various recommendations.
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Cambodia, Viet Nam make plans for implementing Council Study recommendations

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 31 October 2018 – Cambodia and Viet Nam have recently held consultations to begin the process of considering and implementing recommendations from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council Study into national policies and programs, while these are forthcoming in Lao PDR and Thailand. They aim to take advantage of the suite of new processes, tools, and datasets provided by the study to improve decision making on future sustainable development in the lower Mekong basin.
MRC Mekong river Vientiane   05 October 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC supports Laos in advancing national climate change adaptation planning

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 05 October 2018 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) strongly supports Lao PDR in the country’s endeavor to advance its national climate change adaptation planning, says an MRC Secretariat official.
Cover edit2   21 September 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Stakeholder forum debates proposed Pak Lay project, recommends steps to strengthen basin planning in the Mekong

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 21 September 2018 – A two-day regional stakeholder forum on the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project and other ongoing initiatives comes to a close today. The forum, convened by the Mekong River Commission (MRC), gathered about 160 participants from various stakeholder groups, including civil society, governmental and non-governmental organisations, academia, the private sector, and development partners. They raised concerns and collectively made many recommendations to strengthen basin planning and environmental management in the Mekong.

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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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