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IMG 6659   02 February 2018 , Hanoi, Viet Nam

Core Mechanisms of Bilateral Water Cooperation Agreed for Sesan – Srepok and Mekong Delta

Hanoi, Viet Nam, 2 February 2018 – A bilateral provincial body, a technical expert group, and an emergency response planning team will form the core of bilateral cooperation mechanisms between Cambodia and Viet Nam along the border provinces, say representatives of both countries working on cross-border water management issues in the Mekong Delta and the Sesan – Srepok rivers basin.
Website of 3rd MRC Summit and Intl Conference MRC2   26 January 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: Mekong River Commission Launches Website for its 3rd Summit and International Conference, Calls for Contribution and Participation

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 26 January 2018 – The Mekong River Commission launched its official website for the 3rd Summit and International Conference today and called for contribution and participation to the events. The Summit, which will be held on 5 April 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, brings together the Prime Ministers of the Member Countries — Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam — as well as high-level delegations from MRC Dialogue Partners, China and Myanmar, to address the prevailing challenges and optimizing opportunities facing the Mekong River and its people.
Cover   24 January 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: Guidelines for mitigating environmental impacts and managing risks from hydropower projects consulted with stakeholders

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 24 January 2018 – Forty-five representatives from the Mekong countries and hydropower developers and consultants met in Vientiane this week to discuss guidelines for mitigating environmental impacts and managing risks from hydropower projects in the lower Mekong basin (LMB).
media release Launches Two Joint Projects to Better Manage the Mekong Basin Resources and Address Flood and Drought Issues Cover   17 January 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: Mekong River Commission Launches Two Joint Projects to Better Manage the Mekong Basin Resources and Address Flood and Drought Issues

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 17 January 2018 – The Mekong River Commission launched two joint projects between Cambodia and Lao PDR, and Cambodia and Thailand to better manage the Mekong basin resources and address flood and drought issues, at a kick-off meeting held yesterday in Vientiane.
Water security and integrated river basin management 1   15 January 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong River Commission, Korea Development Institute Discuss Knowledge Sharing Programme

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 15 January 2018 – Water security and integrated river basin management, challenges and opportunities in hydropower development, and future direction of sustainable hydropower development in the Mekong basin are some of the main topics specialists from the Mekong River Commission and Korea Development Institute discussed last Friday at a regional working session held in Vientiane.
Mekong River Strengthens Research Collaboration   03 January 2018 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Joint Visit to the Mekong River Strengthens Research Collaboration

On 13 and 14 December, representatives from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Member Countries, China, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and the MRC Secretariat made a joint visit to the Mekong River. The visit, which focused on a stretch of the river that runs through Nakhon Phanom in Thailand, was organized as part of the Joint Research on Hydrological Impacts of the Lancang Hydropower Cascade on Downstream Extreme Events – a cooperative activity between the MRC and the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism.
Regional Stakeholder Forum 14 15 A   15 December 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: Council Study findings discussed with stakeholders

More than 120 representatives from different interest groups gathered at the Mekong River Commission Regional Stakeholder Forum, which was held over two days on 15-16 December. The purpose of the forum was to discuss both the outcomes of the now completed Study on the Sustainable Development and Management of the Mekong River, including impacts by mainstream hydropower projects – known as the ‘Council Study’ – and the update of the commission Preliminary Design Guidance for Mainstream Dams and Sustainable Hydropower Development Strategy in the Lower Mekong Basin. Participants included commission member country governments, development partners, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, the media, and private developers from across the region.
Top 3 winners   08 December 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Media Release: MRC Awards Photo Contest Winners, Launches Photo Exhibition to Promote Mekong Water Use Cooperation

Vientiane, Lao PDR – 7 December 2017 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today launched a photo exhibition with the winning photos of its first photo contest at the secretariat in Vientiane, and celebrated the diversity of the Mekong and its water use with the winners and guests.
CM Group   29 November 2017 , Pattaya, Thailand

Annual Mekong River Commission Council meeting considered and approved countries financial contribution and a number of basin-wide strategies

29 November 2017, Pattaya, Thailand – Today, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council comprising water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam gathered for its Twenty-Fourth Meeting in Pattaya, Thailand. The meeting was to review the MRC work in 2017 and make a decision on future direction for the MRC in 2018, including approving the Annual Work Plan.  
main banner2   28 November 2017 , Pattaya, Thailand

Media Advisory – 24th MRC Council Meeting

29 – 30 November 2017, Pattaya, Thailand, The Council Meeting is an annual ministerial meeting by the Council Members (natural resources and environment ministers) of the MRC to review and come to mutual conclusions on the management and development of water and related resources within the framework of the Agreement on Cooperation for Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin (the 1995 Mekong Agreement).

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Prior Consultation process starting date for Luang Prabang project agreed

The Mekong River Commission’s Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) for the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) has agreed on the official starting date of a six-month prior consultation process for the 1,460-megawatt Luan

MRC, Morocco concretize cooperation, eying for a regional educational visitor center in Laos

The Mekong River Commission and the Moroccan government last week brought their cooperation in renewable energy and eco-tourism to a new level as they sought to strengthen the existing partnership.

Laos to undertake prior consultation for Luang Prabang hydropower project

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Public hearing from Mississippi, an example to increase community participation in a systematic structure

The Public Hearing would make a good example for the MRC to consider for its public consultation and outreach activities to public from national to regional levels, especially for the update and implementation of basin-wide strategies and the Prior Notifi

Interactive report for the Council Study

The interactive report for the Council Study is the first interactive version for the MRC reports. It leads audience through main conclusions linking to detailed assessments in the technical Council Study reports ...


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