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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.
The 1st meeting of Expert Group on Strategy and Psrtnership   09 May 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC champions synergies and genuine win-win partnerships from Mekong frameworks and initiatives

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 May 2018 – Cooperating with Mekong-Lancang Cooperation framework, re-establishing a cooperation framework with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and reviving collaboration with Greater Mekong Sub-region were among key topics the Mekong River Commission’s Expert Group on Strategy and Partnership discussed yesterday during its kick-off meeting in Vientiane.
Media Release Mekong leaders reaffirm the Mekong River Commissions primary and unique role in sustainable development of the Mekong River Basin   05 April 2018 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

Media Release - Mekong leaders reaffirm the Mekong River Commission’s primary and unique role in sustainable development of the Mekong River Basin

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 5 April 2018 — As the 3rd Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit came to a close today, the Siem Reap Declaration was adopted by the MRC member countries, represented by Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen; the Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic H.E. Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith; the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha; and the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam H.E. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Mekong LuangPrabang JEP0041   04 April 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

China notified about discharge of Jinghong Reservoir 5 days in advance

4 April 2018, Vientiane, Lao PDR – Today, MRC received a Notification of hydrological information on Lancang River from China – its dialogue partner – about its planned water discharge from the Jinghong Reservoir to the lower Mekong River from 9 to 17 April 2018, aimed to ensure power grid security. It is also to support the traditional activities Dai ethnic minority in China on the Lancang River during their water Splashing Festival.
International conference   03 April 2018 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

Media Release - International conference recommends priorities for the lower Mekong countries to achieve sustainable development agenda

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 3 April 2018 — A two-day international conference convened by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) comes to a close today. In one of the largest gatherings ever convened by the MRC, the meeting welcomed about 400 stakeholders from Mekong country governments, non-governmental organisations, academia, the private sector, and other river basin organisations. They collectively made many recommendations for enhancing joint efforts and partnerships to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
MRCSummit YTcover 1   29 March 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

3rd MRC Summit sets out to strengthen joint efforts and partnerships for sustainable development in the Mekong River Basin

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 29 March 2018 — Next week, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) will convene the 3rd MRC Summit in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This capstone event will bring together the four Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam, and high-level representatives from China and Myanmar, the MRC’s dialogue partners.

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