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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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2016 Lower Mekong Regional Water Quality Monitoring Report

This report is based on water quality data obtained from the MRC Water Quality Monitoring Network (WQMN). The WQMN is one of the MRC’s Core River Basin Management Functions and is actively being implemented by the MRC Member Countries. As such, the preparation of this report would not have been possible without the continued support of the MRC Member Countries, specifically, the national water quality laboratories of the Member Countries and the National Mekong Committee Secretariats.

Published on: 14 Jun 2018
File size: 1.5 MB - Language: English

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JICA and MRC’s Study on Data Collection Survey on the Basin Management and Environmental Conservation in Mekong River Basin: Inception Report

This Inception Report provides an overview of the Study on Data Collection Survey on the Basin Management and Environmental Conservation in Mekong River Basin, being carried out jointly by Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Mekong River Commission. This study aims to (1) understand the existing condition of forest preservation; (2) clarify the issues on forest management and preservation; and (3) propose effective countermeasures and recommendations for basin management in the Mekong River.

Published on: 06 Jun 2018
File size: 1.5 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Environmental Health, Flood & Drought

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

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Lee Trap Fishery Monitoring in Southern Laos Reveals Fishery Resources Degradation from 2008 to 2013

This short management series report presents findings from the Lee Trap Fishery Monitoring Programme in Southern Lao PDR between 2008 and 2013, the programme aiming to track the abundance and diversity of migratory white fish in the Lower Mekong River, and to provide valuable information on fisheries resources for fisheries management. The report concludes that fishery resources in southern Lao PDR is degraded in some extent and calls for more research and deeper analysis to prove the results.

Published on: 17 May 2018
File size: 2.8 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: 25 Apr 2018
File size: 2.9 MB - 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: 22 Mar 2018
File size: 2 MB - Language: English

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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: 20 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: 20 Feb 2018
File size: 275 KB - Language: English

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Annual Mekong Flood Report 2016

The Annual Mekong Flood Report 2016 takes the theme “Emerging technologies to cope with flood”. It presents an attempt to look ahead at the direction through which flood management could go using new technologies. It discusses what technologies the MRC is using and looks at a bunch of other emerging technologies to cope with floods, as illustrated by the report’s theme.

Published on: 03 Feb 2018
File size: 15 MB - Language: English
Topic(s): Flood & Drought

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