Upcoming reports from the Mekong River Commission
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat, over the coming weeks, is making the following reports available on this website once they are copy-edited and designed.
If you are interested in any of the unedited and undesigned reports listed below, please drop us a line using the email address on the top right corner of the page.
Basin Development Strategy 2021–2030 and MRC Strategic Plan 2021–2025
This Basin Development Strategy, in Part 1, sets out how water and related resources of the Mekong River Basin should be utilised, managed and conserved over the next 10 years from the perspectives of the Lower Mekong River Basin countries. Its main purpose is to guide all actors involved in Mekong water-related issues towards achieving improvements in the environmental, social and economic state of the Mekong River Basin.
Including in Part 2 of the strategy is the MRC Strategic Plan for 2021–2025, which is a unified corporate plan that is fully integrated with the BDS 2021–2030. The Strategic Plan sets out how the MRC will contribute to the implementation of the BDS and to strengthen the organisation over the next five years.
Mekong Strategy for Basin-wide Environmental Management for Environmental Assets of Regional Importance 2021–2025
The approved Mekong Strategy for Basin-wide Environmental Management for Environmental Assets of Regional Importance 2021-2025 (SBEM) has been developed as a cooperative regional strategy to protect the environmental and ecological assets, including those providing ecosystem services in the basin. As this is the first strategy of its kind, the SBEM identifies strategic priorities and actions to protect and conserve twelve (12) prioritised environmental assets of regional importance in the LMB (REAs), as selected and agreed by the Member Countries (MCs), due to their importance regionally in supporting basin-wide processes or due to their transboundary nature.
Status and Trends of Fish Abundance and Diversity in the Lower Mekong Basin during 2007–2018 (MRC Technical Paper No. 66)
An MRC programme found 617 fish species, belonging to 21 order and 80 families in the Lower Mekong Basin from 2007 to 2018. Some 37,530,460 individuals, corresponding to 1,095,848 Kg of fishes were collected. Cypriniformes and the Cyprinidae were the dominant order and family respectively, with more than 45% of total abundance and biomass. Temporally, both fish diversity and catch have increased during the survey period from 2007 to 2018 in the Tonle Sap and the Mekong upstream in Southern Laos and Thailand, informing the high diversity of these areas and that sampling effort is still growing.
Social Impact Monitoring and Vulnerability Assessment (SIMVA) in the Lower Mekong River Basin (2018)
SIMVA 2018 is designed as a regional study of rural villages and households, focusing on resilience and vulnerabilities of villages and households in the Lower Mekong Countries. Employing both qualitative and quantitative methods, the survey provides information on the status and trends of the social-economic conditions of the people in the Mekong River corridor and the trend in people dependence on water resources. It also provides data and information on social vulnerability (particularly food and livelihood vulnerability) linked to changes in water resources, and people’s resilience in coping with those changes.