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MRC Student Open Day 40   23 July 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Student Open Day at the MRC

“I want to work for the MRC in future” expressed Moukda Sonepheth, a fourth-year student, Faculty of Social Sciences, National University of Laos (NUOL) after a visit to the MRC.
A farmer pulls water into his rice field in Cambodia   09 July 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Japan Re-affirms its Support for Mekong Irrigation Facilities Improvement

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 July 2018 – The government of Japan has re-affirmed its support to the Mekong River Commission in continuing activities under a project to improve irrigation facilities across the lower Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, MRC CEO Pham Tuan Phan said.
Winning images of MRC photo contest2   02 July 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Cambodia, Lao PDR to formalise a new bilateral cooperation framework on fisheries management

Pakse, Lao PDR, 29 June 2018 – In order to cement the four-year-long bilateral efforts to address cross-border fisheries issues along the Cambodia-Laos border, the two countries have agreed to formalise a bilateral fisheries management body that would oversee collaborative activities to curb illegal fishing practices and increase fish stock in the Mekong-Sekong basin.
JICA Sr Deputy Director General Morita Takahiro middle right delivers his remarks at the kick off meeting   22 June 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC, JICA Launch a Joint Study on Mekong Forest Conservation for Better Basin Management

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 22 June 2018 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have launched a joint study on forest conservation and river basin management in the lower Mekong basin as part of their effort to better manage and conserve the environmental health of the basin.
Story on the XBH NK project closing 1   18 June 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Lao-Thai wetland management project ends with new community-based management plans

Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, 11 June 2018 – Government officials and community representatives from Laos’ Xe Bang Hieng and Thailand’s Nam Kam river basins cerebrated today the conclusion of a five-year bilateral wetland management project, which has improved community-based management practices in targeted wetlands.
Lao PDR Submits Notificatio Pak Lay Hydropower Project2   14 June 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Lao PDR Submits Notification on the Pak Lay Hydropower Project to MRC for Prior Consultation

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 14 June 2018 – The Mekong River Commission Secretariat has received an official notification from the Lao Government that it will undertake the formal process of prior consultation on its Pak Lay hydropower project in the Pak Lay area in the Lao PDR’s northern province of Xayaburi. The run-of-river dam will operate continuously year-round and produce 770 megawatts of electricity.
IMG 8398 2   01 June 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: MRC Marks Tree Day with Planting Ceremony to Promote Environmental Sustainability

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 1 June 2018 – To celebrate today’s Lao National Tree Planting Day and 5th June World Environment Day, Head of the Mekong River Commission Secretariat and staffers, joined by Deputy Governor of Vientiane’s Sikhottabong District, planted 24 trees along the Mekong River bank in front of the MRC Secretariat.
MRC Article on multimedia project 1   15 May 2018

Multimedia Project Launched to Increase Awareness on Bilateral Water Cooperation

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 15 May 2018 – Fisheries, delta, wetland, lake and river basins management – officials and community members from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam working on transboundary water issues kicked off a multimedia project last week with regional workshops in Phnom Penh, and discussed how to showcase bilateral cooperation over these issues.
group photo 1   11 May 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Lao PDR, World Bank Encouraged to Take Stock of MRC’s Strategies and Studies in Drafting Lao National Green Growth Strategy

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 11 May 2018 – Both the Lao Government and the World Bank and Global Green Growth Institute are encouraged to consult Mekong River Commission’s strategies and studies, as they are refining a draft National Green Growth Strategy of Lao PDR, says MRC CEO Pham Tuan Phan. 
MRC-Women with a green rice farm   11 May 2018 , Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Bilateral Cooperation Frameworks Take Shape for Sesan-Srepok and Mekong Delta

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 11 May 2018 – With intensive discussions between officials and experts of Cambodia and Viet Nam in Phnom Penh this week, the design and tasks of their bilateral water cooperation along the borders are now getting in shape for the Sesan-Srepok river basin and the Mekong Delta.

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

The 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. ...

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

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 Commi

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

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.

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.

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.


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