OUTCOME 6 - SUCCESS STORY 2 Towards Comprehensive Reinvigoration of MRC Data, Information, Modelling, Forecasting and Communication Systems


  • The extent to which Line / Implementing Agencies use MRC reports and information systems for better decision making


The Siem Reap Declaration by the Prime Ministers of the four Governments of the MRC MCs at the MRC Summit in 2018 called for strengthening of the MRC basin-wide monitoring networks and forecasting systems, and the data and information management systems underpinning them. This declaration came with the urgency and increasing recognition of the importance of these systems in enabling the MRC to successfully deliver its mandate. Year 2019 may ultimately prove to be the turning point when the organisation embarked on a deliberate path towards overhauling its information system to take advantage of modern advances in data, science, and technology, and more importantly, to enable the organisation to meet its current and foreseeable needs. The completion in 2019 of the strategic initiative to conduct an assessment of its current systems and to prepare a Design Concept for their reinvigoration is a significant first step. Moreover, specific enhancements of the current MRC data portal in 2019 as a result of MRCS staff’s increased proactivity and resourcefulness addressed to some extent a number of the short-term recommendations in the Design Concept.

Participants during the 5th Meeting of the Expert Group on Data, Modelling and Forecasting (EGDMF) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 21 November 2019 to discuss the draft Design Concept for Reinvigorated MRC’s Data, Information, Modelling, Forecasting and Communication Systems.

Architecture of Main Elements of the reinvigorated MRC's Mata, Information, Modelling, Forecasting and Communication Systems

Design Concept

The design concept of the reinvigorated system is composed of these architectural elements as depicted in the system architecture diagram (see inset) and as listed below and for detail see ARI:

  • Integrated databases and documents
  • Modelling and assessment
  • Monitoring and forecasting
  • Communication and reporting platform, and Integrated procedure implementation

These architectural elements are grouped into four components namely: 1. Data and information collection and acquisition, 2. Data and information management, 3. Data and information use, and 4. Data and information presentation. As depicted below, these four functional components are aligned with the MRC CRBMFs of data acquisition, exchange and monitoring; analysis, modelling and assessment; planning support; forecasting, warning and emergency response; and implementing MRC Procedures.

Functional Components of the MRC Reinvigorated Systems