Procedures for Water Quality

Preserving the Mekong River’s good water quality is essential to secure the health of riverine communities and the future of the river’s aquatic life.

Currently, the Mekong River’s water quality is good and water quality problems are isolated to heavily populated areas in the Lower Mekong Basin. The MRC and Member Countries would like to assure that water quality remains good for future generations and that in the event of an environmental emergency, Member Countries are prepared to assist one another with emergency response procedures to protect riverine communities and the Mekong River’s environment.

Recognising that water quality issues are trans-boundary by nature, MRC Member Countries support the regional Procedures for Water Quality with the objective to maintain good/acceptable water quality and to promote the sustainable development of the Mekong River Basin.

To implement the Procedures for Water Quality MRC Member Countries follow four technical guidelines:

  • Technical Guidelines for Protection of Human Health
  • Technical Guidelines for Protection of Aquatic Life
  • Technical Guidelines for Water Quality Emergency Response and Management
  • Cooperation Framework for Implementation of the Procedures for Water Quality

Frequently Asked Questions

Country Statements

  • Cambodia
  • Lao PDR
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam