Publications in English

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Situation report on hydrological conditions in the LMB in January-July 2020

This Situation Report presents a preliminary analysis of the hydro-meteorological conditions in the Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) for January-July 2020 and compares the data to 2019 (a ‘drought’ year) and 2018 (a ‘normal’ year). The report identifies multiple possible causes of the low flows and drought this year. Among these are abnormal low rainfall affected by the El Nino weather phenomenon, prolonged low flow conditions carried over from 2019, and lower water flow contributions from the Mekong’s tributaries.

Published on: 07 Aug 2020
File size: 11 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Flood & Drought

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Technical Review Report on Luang Prabang Hydropower Project

Prepared by the MRC Secretariat to support a six-month Prior Consultation process for the proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project, this Technical Review Report (TRR) provides a scientific review of the documentation submitted to the MRC by the Lao National Mekong Committee. The review covers hydrology and hydraulics, sediment and geomorphology, water quality and aquatic ecology, fish passage and fisheries, navigation, dam safety, and socio-economic aspects. It examines cumulative and transboundary impacts in greater detail. Comments and recommendations are provided, based on the review and input gathered throughout the process.

Published on: 14 Jul 2020
File size: 17 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): PNPCA Prior Consultation

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Annual Mekong Hydrology, Flood and Drought Report 2018

This is the first Annual Mekong Hydrology, Flood and Drought Report 2018, which replaces the Annual Mekong Flood Report. Its theme takes the integrated approach into account, and information around flood and drought topics is compiled. It covers different hydrological subjects, ranging from flood, hydrology, and drought recognition to monitoring and early warning, remote sensing, modelling, and water management, in order to provide an annual summary of the previous year and to enhance knowledge and awareness.

Published on: 09 Jul 2020
File size: 11 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Flood & Drought

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MRC Annual Report 2019 Part 1

The Annual Report covers the key achievements and progress of the Mekong River Commission for 2019, the fourth year of implementation of the MRC Strategic Plan (MRC SP) 2016-2020.

Published on: 16 Jun 2020
File size: 12 MB - Language: English

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1995 Mekong Agreement Handbook

This Handbook provides a perspective on how the 1995 Mekong Agreement and the five MRC’s Procedures can beused to actively seek more sustainable outcomes to development and realise the positive benefits of cooperation. It is not intended to be a detailed legal analysis of the Agreement and Procedures, but rather an outline of how the MRC does things. New staff members in the Secretariat and the National Mekong Committee Secretariats, as well as NGO’s, International Cooperating Partners, and other interested stakeholders will find this book useful, especially in understanding the basis for Mekong diplomacy.

Published on: 25 May 2020
File size: 2.7 MB - Language: English

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Piloting a Joint Environmental Monitoring Programme on two Mekong mainstream dams: An inception report

The inception report provides a full picture of how and why the piloting on the two Mekong mainstream dams the Xayaburi and the Don Sahong is being conducted. It details the types of monitoring and where the monitoring is done at each of the dam sites in order to collect data around five disciplines: hydrology and hydraulics, sediment, water quality, aquatic ecology, and fish and fisheries.

Published on: 20 May 2020
File size: 7.8 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Sustainable Hydropower

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ADMINISTRATION RESERVE FUND

Audited statements and independent auditors' report 31 December 2019


Published on: 05 May 2020
File size: 360 KB - Language: English

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EARMARKED FUND

Audited statements and independent auditors' report 31 December 2019


Published on: 05 May 2020
File size: 945 KB - Language: English

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BASKET FUND

Audited statements and independent auditors' report 31 December 2019


Published on: 05 May 2020
File size: 1.4 MB - Language: English

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CONSOLIDATED AUDITED STATEMENTS AND INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT 31 DECEMBER 2019


Published on: 05 May 2020
File size: 868 KB - Language: English

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Understanding the Mekong River's hydrological conditions: A commentary note on the Eyes on Earth study

This publication discusses the Mekong River’s hydrological conditions, as it attempts to offer a brief commentary on the “Monitoring the Quantity of Water Flowing Through the Upper Mekong Basin Under Natural (Unimpeded) Conditions” study by Alan Basist and Claude Williams. The commentary notes that more scientific evidence is necessary to conclude that the 2019 drought was in large part caused by water storage in Upper Mekong dams. Instead, the problems were diverse in space and time.

Published on: 21 Apr 2020
File size: 6.1 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Flood & Drought

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Report on the 2017 Biomonitoring Survey of the Lower Mekong River and Selected Tributaries

The report describes the biomonitoring survey conducted in the dry season of 2017 in the Lower Mekong Basin which contributes to the evaluation of the overall ecological health of the river. The objectives of the report are to (i) describe the biological indicator groups sampled during 2017; (ii) use this information to derive biological indicators for the sites examined in 2017; and (iii) use biometric indicators to evaluate these sites.

Published on: 06 Feb 2020
File size: 20 MB - Language: English

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Summary State of the Basin Report 2018

The Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) State of Basin Report is a flagship product of the organisation and an integral part of the MRC’s strategic planning cycle. Compiled about every five years based on the facts and figures of the available data and information, the report assesses conditions within the basin and the impacts, both positive and negative, that development and use of the water and related natural resources are having. The report thus provides a comprehensive basis for the Member Countries and other key stakeholders to discuss and determine appropriate actions by which to realise the MRC’s aims for optimal and sustainable development of the basin as set out in the 1995 Mekong Agreement.

Published on: 05 Feb 2020
File size: 7.6 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Basin Planning, People

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Mekong River Basin Indicator Framework

For informing the management of the Mekong River Basin

The Mekong River Basin Indicator Framework provides a consistent and streamlined approach to data collection, analysis and reporting, to help alert Member Countries to the key issues and trends and identify areas for further investigation and cooperation across five core dimensions (environment, social, economic, climate change and cooperation).

Published on: 05 Feb 2020
File size: 1.3 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Basin Planning, People

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Report on the 2015 Biomonitoring Survey of the Lower Mekong River and Selected Tributaries

The report describes the biomonitoring survey conducted in 2015 in the Lower Mekong Basin, which contributes to the evaluation of the overall ecological health of the river. The objectives of the report are
to: (i) describe the biological indicator groups sampled during 2015; (ii) use this information to derive biological indicators for the sites examined in 2015; and (iii) use biometric indicators to evaluate these sites.

Published on: 05 Feb 2020
File size: 2 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Environmental Health

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