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Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Project Xayaburi00002   15 August 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC ready to support review and update of Lao hydropower strategy and plan

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 15 August 2018 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has welcomed the highly applauded and progressive decision of the Prime Minister of Lao PDR, following an extra-ordinary meeting of his cabinet on 6 August 2018, that the country will review all existing and under-construction dams and suspend the consideration of all new hydropower investments considering the Xepian Xenamnoy dam break.
Fish in Lao PDR   14 August 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

FAO recognizes MRC fisheries valuation research

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 14 August 2018 – The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has acknowledged work by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to estimate the economic value of inland fisheries in the lower Mekong basin.
Xayaburi Hydroelectric Power Project Xayaburi00065   14 August 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

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

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 14 August 2018 — The outflow of water at the Jinghong hydropower station in China will gradually decrease by about two-fifths over a two-day period during this weekend, according to an official notification from China’s Ministry of Water Resources being copied to the Mekong River Commission Secretariat today.
10 August 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Starting date for Pak Lay hydropower project Prior Consultation process agreed

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 10 August 2018 – The Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) for the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) of the Mekong River Commission has agreed on the starting date of a six-month prior consultation process for the proposed 770-MW Pak Lay hydropower project on the Mekong mainstream in Lao PDR.
MRC procedures just cover 01   27 July 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

New Booklet Explains MRC’s Rule-based Mekong Water Cooperation

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 27 July 2018 – A new booklet “An Introduction to MRC Procedural Rules for Mekong Water Cooperation” has been published online to help understand how the regional intergovernmental organization promotes rule-based water cooperation among its member countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam.
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.

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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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