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Mitigation of the impacts of dams on fisheries — A Primer

Hortle, K.G. and So Nam (2017) Mitigation of the impacts of dams on fisheries — A Primer. Mekong Development Series No. 7. Mekong River Commission, Vientiane Lao PDR. 86 pages. ISSN: 1680-4023.

Thousands of dams have been built in the Mekong Basin, mainly for irrigation, water supply, and/or hydropower, with many more projects planned. Dams obstruct watercourses, alter flow patterns, and change aquatic environments, which can cause various negative impacts on fisheries and the millions of people who depend upon them. This report summarises the main impacts of dams and some approaches to mitigating negative impacts on fisheries.

Published on: 24th May 2018
File size: 9.7 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Fisheries

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2015 Lower Mekong Regional Water Quality Monitoring Report

The Lower Mekong Regional Water Quality Report is an annual regional report that provides a detailed study of the current status of the water quality in the Lower Mekong River. The report includes the consolidated results from the water quality monitoring activities of the Member Countries, focusing on the compliance of water quality data with available water quality guidelines as defined in the MRC Procedures for Water Quality and its technical guidelines.

Published on: 25th Apr 2018
File size: 2.9 MB - Language: English

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MRC Annual Report 2017

Progress and Achievements

The Annual Report Part 1 is a report from the Mekong River Commission Secretariat on the key MRC achievements at the level of outcomes for the year 2017 in the implementation of the overall MRC Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and Annual Work Plan 2017 as well as a brief financial report summary. Part 2 presents detailed progress reporting on the Annual Work Plan 2017 in terms of outputs and activities under each outcome, as well as detailed financial reporting.

Published on: 10th Apr 2018
File size: 5.8 MB - Language: English

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MRC Annual Report 2016

The year 2016 was one of significant change for the Mekong River Commission. The new Basin Development Strategy, MRC Strategic Plan and National Indicative Plans came into being. The programme era came to an end and a new structure for the MRC Secretariat, based on core functions, emerged. The move to one permanent office location was also realized.
The Annual Work Plan 2016 – the first to operationalize the MRC Strategic Plan – was implemented in part, but not fully due to various factors. The first half of 2016 was spent completing the 12 cross-cutting and sectoral programmes. The second half of the year was spent on recruitment of new staff, orientation and beginning implementation of the new Strategic Plan. As was the case with previous first years of the new planning cycle, a funding shortage as well as reform pressures, affected the implementation of activities.
This Annual Report focuses on indicators identified in the MRC SP’s M&E system, and is divided into three major sections: outcome reporting, which showcases some, but not all, “evidence of change” in each of the Strategic Plan’s 7 Outcomes; progress reporting, which briefly describes the status of progress in completing each output indicator; and Financial Reporting for the year.

Published on: 9th Apr 2018
File size: 3.5 MB - Language: English

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Siem Reap Declaration

The Siem Reap Declaration reiterates the MRC member countries’ highest-level political commitment to the 1995 Mekong Agreement and the primary and unique role of the MRC in cooperating on sustainable development of water and related resources in the Mekong River Basin. It was adopted at the 3rd MRC Summit on 5 April 2018 in Cambodia’s Siem Reap 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.

Published on: 7th Apr 2018
File size: 59 KB - Language: English

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Promotional Report on Identified Joint Projects in the Lower Mekong Basin 2016-2020

Approved in 2017, this promotional report was developed based on the National Indicative Plans 2016-2020 of the four Member Countries and the MRC IWRM-based Basin Development Strategy 2016-2020. It describes five prioritised joint projects identified by the Member Countries. The joint project involves two or more countries to work together on key basin-wide challenges that one country cannot address alone. This report is used to promote the joint projects for funding and implementation support among development partners with experience of such projects.

Published on: 22nd Mar 2018
File size: 2 MB - Language: English

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Photos of Common Fishes in the Lower Mekong Basin

This document is the updated photo book of existing fish species that can be found in the Mekong River. It has been developed in close collaboration with the MRC Former Fisheries Programme and the corresponding national line agencies. All fishes are presented in the four national languages making it useful for every stakeholder. The book will act as a tool for local fishermen to generate standardised fish catch records across the MRC Member Countries and contribute to nationally and regionally harmonised datasets.

Published on: 22nd Mar 2018
File size: 6.7 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Fisheries

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Mekong Sediment from the Mekong River Commission Study

This technical note presents the results of modelling changes in sediment loads in the Mekong basin by employing water resource modelling to support the impact assessment, which is part of the study. The results discussed here indicate that existing and proposed dams in the Mekong basin are expected cumulatively to have significant impacts on sediment loads entering the Mekong delta.

Published on: 20th Feb 2018
File size: 575 KB - Language: English

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Water loss from reservoir development in the Lower Mekong Basin

This short technical note describes the effect of reservoir development in the Lower Mekong Basin on water loss derived from evaporation and seepage. Findings translate that the water loss in Cambodia and Lao PDR increases in proportion to the number of proposed reservoirs in 2020 and 2040. Additionally, seepage is a dominant factor of the water loss as evaporation could be compensated by rainfall. Finally, the water loss is considered insignificant when comparing to inflow to the reservoirs.

Published on: 20th Feb 2018
File size: 275 KB - Language: English

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THE COUNCIL STUDY

The Study on the Sustainable Development and Management of the Mekong River Basin, including Impacts by Mainstream Hydropower Projects

The ‘Council Study’ was conducted by the MRC from 2012 to 2017. It aims to provide an objective scientific assessment of the environmental, social and economic costs and benefits of existing and planned water resource developments in the Lower Mekong Basin to inform decision makers. The study results will be integrated into the MRC knowledge base to enhance the Basin Development Planning process. It helps promote capacity and ensure technology transfer to the Member Countries.

Published on: 19th Feb 2018
File size: 224 KB - Language: English
Topic(s): Agriculture & Irrigation, Basin Planning, Climate Change, Environmental Health, Fisheries, Flood & Drought, River Transport, Sustainable Hydropower

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Mekong Delta Water Issues (English)

This is the first of a new series of knowledge-based leaflets IWRM BRIEF. It presents a summary of findings from a bilateral study on transboundary water resources management issues in the Mekong Delta by Cambodia and Viet Nam. With simple language, graphics and icons, it gives easy-to-digest information on the six priority issues for bilateral cooperation along the border to manage the resources together, to cope with impacts of climate change, development and urbanisation.

Published on: 27th Jan 2018
File size: 5.4 MB - Language: English

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Sesan and Srepok Water Issues (English)

The leaflet presents a summary of findings from a joint study between Cambodia and Viet Nam on cross-border water resources management in the Sesan-Srepok river basins shared by the two countries. The study identifies six priority issues such as insufficient monitoring and assessment of water flow, lack of flood forecasting and warning mechanisms, and limited mitigation measures to address the impacts of hydro-infrastructural development. Addressing these challenges require closer bilateral cooperation.

Published on: 26th Jan 2018
File size: 3.8 MB - Language: English

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Mekong and Sekong Fisheries Issues (English)

The leaflet presents a summary of findings from a joint study between Cambodia and Lao PDR on transboundary fisheries management issues in the Mekong-Sekong rivers shared by the two countries. The study identifies seven priority issues, such as exploitative fishing practices, habitat degradation and lack of fisheries data and their sharing, for bilateral cooperation along the border to better manage fisheries resources.

Published on: 25th Jan 2018
File size: 5.5 MB - Language: English

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SUMMARY OF MINUTES OF THE TWENTY-FOURTH MEETING OF THE MRC COUNCIL (SESSION 1)

MEKONG RIVER COMMISSION 29 November 2017 in Pattaya, Thailand

The MRC Council held its Twenty-Fourth Meeting (hereinafter referred to as “The Meeting”) on 29 November 2017 in Pattaya, Thailand. The proposed Programme and Agendas covered the following items

Published on: 11th Dec 2017
File size: 42 KB - Language: English

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List of Initiative Sustainable Hydropower study reports and documents

The list provides a good overview of the most updated study reports and documents from the MRC on initiative sustainable hydropower.

Published on: 16th Nov 2017
File size: 707 KB - Language: English
Topic(s): Agriculture & Irrigation, Basin Planning, Climate Change, Environmental Health, Fisheries, Flood & Drought, People, PNPCA Prior Consultation, River Transport, Sustainable Hydropower

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COUNCIL STUDY Study on Sustainable Management and Development of the Mekong River

“A comprehensive state-of-the-art, integrated and cross-sectoral study on sustainable management and development of the Mekong River; for the environment, people, and economy.”

Published on: 5th Oct 2017
File size: 3.6 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Fisheries, Flood & Drought, People, Sustainable Hydropower

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Summary of Minutes of the Forty-Sixth Meeting of the MRC Joint Committee Mekong River Commission 22-23 August 2017, Vientiane Lao PDR

The Joint Committee of the MRC (the Joint Committee/JC) held its Forty-Sixth Meeting, Plenary Session (hereinafter referred to as “The Meeting”), on 22-23 August 2017 in Vientiane, Lao PDR

Published on: 7th Sep 2017
File size: 52 KB - Language: English

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Transboundary Water Resources Management Issues in the Sesan and Srepok River Basins of Cambodia and Viet Nam

This technical report describes priority issues for the management of water resources in the Sesan and Srepok River Basins along the borders of Cambodia and Viet Nam. Among key issues identified are insufficient monitoring and assessment of water flow, lack of flood forecasting and warning mechanisms, and limited mitigation measures to address the impacts of hydro-infrastructural development. This is a joint paper produced by the two countries under the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project.

Published on: 7th Sep 2017
File size: 4.6 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Flood & Drought, Sustainable Hydropower

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