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DSC 4719   24 August 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Promoting Sustainable Watershed Management in the Lower Mekong Basin

The Mekong region has witnessed considerable deterioration of watersheds from war, logging, mining, population growth, hydropower and irrigation development, and clearing of terrestrial and flooded forests for agriculture. Some areas of the Mekong basin have lost over half of their original forest cover leading to soil erosion, flash floods, and a decline in the provision of ecological goods and services.  
DSC 0681   11 August 2017

Growing cooperation and deepening technical exchanges between China and the Mekong River Commission

A delegation of Chinese hydrological experts visited national Mekong committees in Cambodia and Thailand from 24 to 31 May 2017. Led by Mr Kuang Jian, Division Director for Bureau of Hydrology, Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) the delegation consisted of six experts from the MWR, Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute and the Bureau of Hydrology for Yunnan Province.
Hydropower Forum group 4   10 August 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Press Release: MRC’s Regional Hydropower Forum Focus on Sustainable Hydropower Development

Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR – Today, stakeholders of hydropower-interest groups gathered in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR for the Mekong River Commission’s Fourth Sustainable Hydropower Practice Forum themed ‘Dialogue with Hydropower Developers’.
2 JAXA closure edit4   03 August 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC and Japan wraps up ‘Space Application for Environment’ Prototype Initiative

The Lower Mekong Basin is at greater risk to climate change with extreme weather events such as typhoons and heat waves and is also more vulnerable to floods and droughts that can affect people’s livelihoods and reduce agricultural productivity, especially in the downstream catchments of the Mekong River. While future impact of climate change is difficult to forecast, projections for the Mekong River Basin, like flood and drought forecasting, is paramount.
JC Retreat Group Photo3   02 August 2017

MRC Joint Committee Members Boost Planning and Negotiation Skills for Sustainable Water Resource Management

Effective planning, negotiation, and problem-solving built on trust and shared understanding is paramount for the MRC, as an inter-governmental organization working towards sustainable development through dialogue and cooperation within the Lower Mekong Basin.
Photo contest 3   07 July 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC Launches Regional Photo Contest to Promote Mekong Water Use Cooperation

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 July 2017 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today launches a regional photo contest entitled “Mekong Diversity through Your Eyes” for amateur photographers of all ages who are citizens and residents of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. 
IMG 7224   29 June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Joint Press Release - Mekong River Commission and Morocco Agree to Exchange Experiences in Water Resource Development and Management

29 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR – Today, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kingdom of Morocco. As part of South – South cooperation, Morocco is the first Arabic and African partner of the MRC.
Regional Stakeholder Forum on Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan   26 June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC’s Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan seeks inputs

26 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR – Around eighty participants from various stakeholder groups gathered in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR for the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Mekong Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan.
MRC JC meeting at Lao Plaza   20 June 2017 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Official Prior Consultation for Pak Beng Hydropower Project Reaches its 6-month Milestone

20 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR – Yesterday the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat organised the Special Session of the MRC Joint Committee (JC) on the proposed Pak Beng Hydropower Project in Vientiane to mark the six-month milestone of the official Prior Consultation (PC) process.

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

The outflow of water at the Jinghong hydropower station in China will gradually decrease by almost half over a seven-day period in April, according to an official notification from China’s Ministry of Water Resources being copied to the Mekong River Commi

MRC awards green campaign winners to celebrate Mekong Day, raise awareness of plastic pollution

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today awarded winners of its green campaign to celebrate the Mekong Day anniversary and raise awareness of the danger of plastic waste in the Mekong River basin.

Statement on Prior Consultation process for Pak Lay agreed, Joint Action Plans for Pak Beng and Pak Lay approved

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 4 April 2019 — The Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam today agreed on a Statement on the prior consultation process for the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project.

Op-ed: MRC reinforces knowledge hub and water diplomacy role for resilient Mekong futures

Today, we who live in the Mekong River basin face unprecedented risks and challenges. More extreme weather—floods, storms and droughts—are already changing the river basin we once knew.

Invitation to Mekong Day “Let’s Act Green for a Greener Mekong”

The anniversary of the Mekong Agreement, which was signed on 5 April 1995, is commemorated every year with the celebration of the Mekong Day. This year, the occasion will be celebrated by exhibiting green actions of a recent green campaign “Let’s Act Gree


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