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Extent of Flooding and Water Level Rise from Dam Break in Southern Laos   27 July 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Extent of Flooding and Water Level Rise from Dam Break in Southern Laos

Initial and preliminary analysis for the extent of the water level rise in Stung Treng due to the dam break shows about 20 cm compared to normal condition.
Mekong river   25 July 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Rapid increase in water levels caused by extremely high rainfall from tropical storm Son-Tinh

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 25 July 2018 – The Mekong River’s water levels have increased rapidly during the period of July 15 – 24, with a rise of over four meters in some stations along the mainstream. But they are not at the alarm level yet.
OnlineFlood Edit   25 July 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC monitors the flooding situation in Southern Laos closely

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 25 July 2018 – The Mekong River Commission is monitoring closely the situation unfolding since 24 July on the flooding in Attapeu Province in southern Lao PDR due to the incident with the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Hydropower Project.
Winners pose for photo with senior management members of MRCS   24 July 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC awards writing competition winners to celebrate Mekong’s shared value, promote inclusive planning and management

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 24 July 2018 – The Mekong River Commission today awarded winners of its writing competition to celebrate the shared value and resources of the Mekong River and raise awareness of the importance of coordinated planning and management of this river basin.  
Mekong river   24 July 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Rapid increase in water levels caused by extremely high rainfall from tropical storm Son-Tinh

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 24 July 2018 – The Mekong River’s water levels have increased rapidly during the period of July 15 – 24, with a rise of over three meters in some stations along the mainstream. But they are not at the alarm level yet.
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.

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Mekong River’s aquamarine hue likely to occur elsewhere due to low flows, bringing possible risks

The extremely low flow, slow drop in the river sediments, and presence of algae on the sand and bedrock river bottom are some of the possible causes why the Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color, says the Mekong River Commission. This phe

MRC ministerial council approves a drought management strategy, other policies, boosting Mekong countries’ ability to prepare for future disaster

Ministerial delegates from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council today at their annual gathering in Phnom Penh approved a drought management strategy for 2020-2025, allowing Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam to prepare for and manage drought co

Media advisory: Drought, hydrological condition and other policy issues on top agenda of MRC Council meeting next week

Every year, water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam who are members of the MRC Council convene to review and come to mutual conclusion on the management and development of water and related resources of the lower Mekong

Drought continues to hit Mekong countries, risking stress on crop production, water shortages

Severe to extreme drought is expected to hit countries in the lower Mekong basin from now until January 2020, warns the Mekong River Commission. Thailand and Cambodia would be hardest hit compared to Lao PDR and Viet Nam.

Avenues to make MRC’s prior consultation process more meaningful should be explored, says a public regional forum

Opportunities to make the Mekong River Commission’s Prior Consultation process more meaningful should be explored, and the required data and information on the Lao PDR’s proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project should be supplied, according to a public r


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