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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.
Illegal Fishing Ben Tre00002   31 October 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

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.
Mekong Xayaburi edit   18 September 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Op-ed: MRC encourages all stakeholders to contribute to Pak Lay prior consultation process

On Thursday the Mekong River Commission will host its 5th Regional Stakeholder Forum to give all stakeholders the opportunity to discuss, provide, and exchange views on planned and proposed hydropower projects on the Mekong River mainstream, aiming to ensure the sustainable and equitable development of the basin, writes Pham Tuan Phan.
Canal98 Takeo   11 September 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media advisory: Invitation to MRC regional stakeholder forum on Pak Lay’s prior consultation process and related work on hydropower

WHAT:
MRC Regional Stakeholder Forum on Pak Lay’s Prior Consultation Process and Related Work on Hydropower
WHEN:
20 – 21 September 2018
WHERE:
Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Donchan Road, Thatkao Village, Sisattanak District, Vientiane, Lao PDR
WHO:
High-level representatives from Lao PDR and MRC’s member countries, and representatives from development partners, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, local communities, academia, and the private sector including dam developers. About 150-200 people are expected.
DETAIL:
Sunset over the Mekong MRC edit   07 September 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong water levels to decrease slightly, with some stations in Laos and Thailand to remain on flood alert

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 September 2018 – The Mekong River’s water levels will slightly decrease during the period 7 – 12 September, with an average drop between 0.01 and 0.11 meters at some stations along the mainstream. More stations in Lao PDR and Thailand than in others will remain on flood alert.
Tonle River JEP0729   06 September 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong Flood Forecasting Webpage in Five Languages

The MRC cuts the last mile even shorter between its Mekong flood forecasting and the public. The full webpage with flood forecasting in the lower Mekong basin is now available in five languages of English, Lao, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese. It provides flood information in 22 stations which are being monitored along mainstream of the Mekong river. The stations update daily hydrological information during the flood season including daily water level data and daily rainfall data.
MRC forty seventh meeting of the MRC joint committee 28 29 August 2018 A   29 August 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Implementation roadmap of six-month prior consultation process for Pak Lay project approved

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 29 August 2018 – The Mekong River Commission’s higher governance body today approved an overall implementation roadmap of a six-month prior consultation process for the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project during its two-day bi-annual meeting in Vientiane.

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The scheduled conclusion of the prior consultation process of the 1,460-megawatt Luang Prabang hydropower project the Lao government has proposed to build on the Mekong mainstream in the northern province of Luang Prabang has now moved to 30 June 2020, ac


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