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3rd MRC International Conference Summary and Way Forward

Enhancing Joint Efforts and Partnerships towards Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Mekong River Basin

The third MRC International Conference, held in 2018 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, was titled “Enhancing Joint Efforts and Partnerships towards the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Mekong River Basin”. It focuses on “who has to be involved in the sustainable management and development of the Mekong Basin, in order to achieve the ambitious SDGs” under the overall motto of the 3rd Summit ‘One Mekong, One Spirit’.

Published on: 08 Apr 2019
File size: 4.9 MB - Language: English

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Joint Action Plan for the Implementation of the Statement on the Prior Consultation Process for the Pak Beng Hydropower Project

The MRC Secretariat publishes this Joint Action Plan for the Implementation of the Statement on the Prior Consultation Process for the Pak Beng Hydropower Project “unedited” as the approved version by the Mekong River Commission Joint Committee at its Special Session on the Prior Consultation Process for the Pak Lay Hydropower Project on 4 April 2019.

Published on: 05 Apr 2019
File size: 1.2 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): PNPCA Prior Consultation

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Joint Action Plan for the Implementation of the Statement on the Prior Consultation Process for the Pak Lay Hydropower Project

The MRC Secretariat publishes this Joint Action Plan for the Implementation of the Statement on the Prior Consultation Process for the Pak Lay Hydropower Project “unedited” as the approved version by the Mekong River Commission Joint Committee at its Special Session on the Prior Consultation Process for the Pak Lay Hydropower Project on 4 April 2019.

Published on: 05 Apr 2019
File size: 827 KB - Language: English
Topic(s): PNPCA Prior Consultation

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Statement on the Prior Consultation Process for the Pak Lay Hydropower Project in Lao PDR

The MRC Secretariat publishes this Statement on the Prior Consultation Process for the Pak Lay Hydropower Project “unedited” as the approved version by the Mekong River Commission Joint Committee at its Special Session on the Prior Consultation Process for the Pak Lay Hydropower Project on 4 April 2019.

Published on: 05 Apr 2019
File size: 709 KB - Language: English
Topic(s): PNPCA Prior Consultation

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Records of the 22nd Dialogue Meeting, 26 Nov. 2018, Ha Long City, Viet Nam


Published on: 24 Jan 2019
File size: 134 KB - Language: English

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Irrigation database improvement for the Lower Mekong Basin: MRC technical report

This report provides details on how the irrigation database was designed, including on how the data sources, approaches and methods of analysis and processing, and metadata were gathered and processed. It reviews the current situation of irrigation in the LMB as well as recommendations for further database improvement. The irrigation database attached to this report is archived in MRC Data and Information Services Portal at http://portal.mrcmekong.org/index

Published on: 11 Jan 2019
File size: 8.3 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Agriculture & Irrigation

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Review of the design change made for Xayaburi hydropower project: A technical reference paper

This technical reference paper presents the review by the MRC Secretariat on the design change made for the Xayaburi hydropower project. Based on all the documentation made available by the Government of Lao PDR and the project developer, this review analyses how the revised design of the project addresses the recommendations of the Xayaburi Technical Review Report as well as the concerns raised during the prior consultation process.

Published on: 09 Jan 2019
File size: 2.4 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): PNPCA Prior Consultation, Sustainable Hydropower

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Summary of Minutes of the 25th Council Meeting, 28 Nov 2018, Ha Long City, Viet Nam


Published on: 10 Dec 2018
File size: 102 KB - Language: English

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SIMVA 2014-Social Impact monitoring and vulnerability assessment 2014

SIMVA 2014 is the largest socio-economic survey and study ever conducted
along the Mekong mainstream and floodplain areas, and is the result of
extensive collaboration between the peoples of the MRC Member Countries:
Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

Published on: 18 Oct 2018
File size: 4.9 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Environmental Health

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Guidelines for Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment in the Lower Mekong Basin: A Working Document

For an open and transparent purpose, the MRC publishes this working version of the Guidelines for Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment in the Lower Mekong Basin (TbEIA). The TbEIA sets to facilitate cooperation in conducting EIA for projects with potential transboundary environmental impacts, while respecting the differences among the EIA legislations in member countries and specifics of their national EIA systems.

Published on: 02 Oct 2018
File size: 873 KB - Language: English
Topic(s): Environmental Health

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How the Mekong River Commission Benefits Lao PDR: A Personal Reflection

A former Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat staff, Mr Voradeth Phonekeo, shares his thought on how Lao PDR has benefited from the MRC in terms of policy and strategy development, information sharing, and increased cooperation in the region. This reflection is part of a series of personal reflections, initiated by the MRC Secretariat, on commitments of the MRC member countries – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam – to the MRC and the benefits of the MRC to the countries.

Published on: 27 Sep 2018
File size: 112 KB - Language: English
Topic(s): Sustainable Hydropower

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Design of a Master Plan for Regional Waterborne Transport in the Mekong River Basin - volume 1

Baseline Conditions, Forecasts, Development Scenarios and Action Plan

This Report describes the data gathered and information on the actual situation of Waterborne Transport on the Mekong River, the Economic Assessment and Forecasts, the Development Scenarios and the Action Plans, including the ongoing and planned projects to 2020 and 2040.

Published on: 11 Sep 2018
File size: 5.4 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): River Transport

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Design of a Master Plan for Regional Waterborne Transport in the Mekong River Basin - volume 2

Portfolio Actions

This Report describes the data gathered and information on the actual situation of Waterborne Transport on the Mekong River, the Economic Assessment and Forecasts, the Development Scenarios and the Action Plans, including the ongoing and planned projects to 2020 and 2040.

Published on: 11 Sep 2018
File size: 4.3 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): River Transport

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Summary of Minutes for the 47th JC Meeting 28-29 Aug 2018 in Vientiane, Lao PDR

The Joint Committee of the MRC (the Joint Committee/JC) held its Forty-Seventh Meeting (hereinafter referred to as “The Meeting”), on 28-29 August 2018 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The proposed Agenda items include the following (Appendix No.1: Provisional Agenda):

Published on: 10 Sep 2018
File size: 56 KB - Language: English

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Mekong Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan

The Mekong Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan (MASAP) is a statement of the Lower Mekong Basin (MRC) countries setting out MRC’s strategic priorities and actions at basin level to address climate change risks and strengthen basin-wide resilience. The MASAP identifies critical climate change impacts which can be better addressed through transboundary cooperation; it also enhances the capacity of Member Countries in implementing their own national strategies.

Published on: 30 Aug 2018
File size: 2.2 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Climate Change

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Final records of the 21st dialogue meeting, 24 August 2017, Vientiane, Lao PDR


Published on: 24 Aug 2018
File size: 136 KB - Language: English

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Mekong Basin-Wide Fisheries Management and Development Strategy 2018-2022

The strategy has been developed on the basis of the Integrated Water Resources Management-based Basin Development Strategy for the Lower Mekong Basin 2016-2020 in close collaboration with the four MRC Member Countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam). The five-year strategy focuses on inland capture fisheries, based on the national management and development policies, strategies and plans of Member Countries.

Published on: 21 Aug 2018
File size: 3.5 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Basin Planning

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MRC procedural rules for Mekong water cooperation

The 20-page small booklet is the first public information material to explain the Mekong River Commission’s complex procedural rules for cooperation in a simple language. It introduces the 1995 Mekong Agreement, which created the MRC as a platform for water diplomacy and a knowledge hub on water resources management, and its five sets of procedural rules to materialise the agreement, explaining how these procedural rules have supported regional cooperation and sustainable development of the lower Mekong basin.

Published on: 27 Jul 2018
File size: 3.5 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): PNPCA Prior Consultation

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