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The Mekong River Commission (MRC) supports a Basin-wide planning process based on the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The planning process encompasses a number of key topics, as outlined below. To learn more about these topics and the MRC’s role with respect to them, visit the sections listed below.

Agriculture and Irrigation - More than 80% of the population of the Lower Mekong Basin derives a major share of its income from agriculture and/or harvesting natural resources. more>>
Basin Planning - According to the 1995 Agreement, the MRC is responsible for formulating the Basin Development Plan (BDP) to promote the coordinated development and management of the Mekong River Basin’s water and related resources in an integrated, sustainable, and equitable manner for the benefit of all riparian countries. more>>
Climate Change - The countries of the Lower Mekong Basin are among the most vulnerable to climate change. more>>
Environmental Health - As development in the Lower Mekong Basin increases, impact assessments, management plans, and monitoring are needed to reduce potential impacts on ecosystems. more>>
Fisherman Fisheries - Fisheries are a main occupation for the Mekong’s population and provide most people with their primary source of protein. More>>
Flood & Drought - While annual floods have the potential to cause damage to unprepared communities, spoil crops and endanger food security, they also play a vital role in agriculture.
People - Millions of people living in different areas of the Lower Mekong Basin depend on the river system for their livelihood. Many live in poor conditions with limited access to clean water and sanitation, employment or even sufficient food. more>>
River Transport - The Mekong River is an important gateway to trade centres in Southeast Asia and beyond. Many locations along the Mekong have the potential to boost trade and income and benefit their national economies. more>>
Sustainable Hydropower - The Lower Mekong Basin has become one of the world’s most active regions with respect to hydropower development. The notion that environmental and socio-economic sustainability are essential to hydropower development is broadly accepted by MRC member states and the people of the Mekong region. more>>

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Media advisory: Drought, hydrological condition and other policy issues on top agenda of MRC Council meeting next week

Every year, water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam who are members of the MRC Council convene to review and come to mutual conclusion on the management and development of water and related resources of the lower Mekong