25 February 2016 to 25 February 2016 , Bangkok, Thailand

MRC Discuss Lessons Learnt from Its Procedure on Water Diplomacy

Bangkok, 25 February 2016 – Aiming to improve the official process of water diplomacy, high-level representatives of the lower Mekong River basin countries and experts from the Mekong River Commission Secretariat gathered in Thailand to discuss lessons learnt from the MRC’s first two cases of hydropower diplomacy.
24 February 2016 to 24 February 2016 , Bangkok, Thailand

Five Bilateral, Multilateral Joint Projects to be Implemented for Basin Development Strategy

Bangkok, 24 February 2016 – In the framework of a newly approved five-year development strategy for the lower Mekong River basin, the four member countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam have agreed to develop five bilateral and multilateral joint projects on water and related resources management at a regional workshop in Thailand.
13 January 2016 to 14 January 2016 , Phnom Penh, Cambodia

22nd Meeting of the MRC Council

Every year, water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam convene to review and come to mutual conclusions on the management and development of water and related resources of the Lower Mekong Basin within the framework of the 1995 Mekong Agreement.
13 November 2015 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Forum on Sustainable Hydropower Planning, 12-13 November 2015

The Mekong River Commission held a Forum on Sustainable Hydropower Planning in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 12 – 13 November 2015. Following the successful Fish and Hydropower Workshop conducted in June 2015, the Forum aimed to engage and raise awareness of wider stakeholders including government officials, hydropower developers, academic and other interested stakeholders on recently developed MRC/ISH tools and guidelines. The Forum content included aspects of baseline information for hydropower planning and management, identification and planning around ecologically sensitive areas, multi-purpose economic evaluation of hydropower, rapid basin-wide hydropower sustainability assessment tool (RSAT), and mitigation guidelines for sustainable hydropower practice.  Beside presentations on the results and findings from various ISH studies including recommendations by international study teams the Forum also provided opportunities for in depth discussion with stakeholders on how these products/researches can be implemented in their practice. 
14 July 2015 to 16 July 2015 , Chiang Rai, Thailand

MRC’s Regional Workshop on Vulnerability Assessment of Species to Climate Change

01 July 2015 to 02 July 2015 , Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

The 2nd MRC-Ecosystem Study Commission for International Rivers (ESCIR) Symposium

The 2nd Technical Symposium on “Environmental Protection from Large Infrastructure Projects in the Lancang and Mekong River Basins” was organized during 1st and 2nd July 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. The event has facilitated discussions and exchange of views and experiences between participants from the MRC Member Countries, China as well as the MRCS professional staff.
16 June 2015 to 17 June 2015 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Fish and Hydropower - MRC Workshop 16–17 June 2015

The Mekong River Commission held a workshop on fish and hydropower in Vientiane, Lao PDR on 16–17 June 2015. Under the title: “Fish and Hydropower: Research on Fish Passage through Large Dams and Review of Existing Knowledge on the Effectiveness and Economics of Fish-Friendly Turbines and its Applicability to Mekong Mainstream Dams in the Mekong Region”, the workshop was an opportunity for government officials from the MRC Member Countries and hydropower developers to discuss existing research and guidelines on fish passage, fish-friendly turbines, socio-economic aspects and other topics related to fisheries and hydropower.
06 October 2014 to 08 October 2014 , Siem Reap, Cambodia

Second Mekong Climate Change Forum - Adaptation to Climate Change in the Transboundary Context

Home to about 60 million people, the Lower Mekong River Basin has experienced rapid development, urbanisation and population growth which have adverse effects on the Mekong resources and populations who depend on them. Climate change has increasingly placed burdens on the environment and the people. For example rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall are bringing drought to some areas and flooding to others. The Mekong Delta is experiencing sea level rise and increasing saltwater intrusion to its ecosystems and farmland. Extreme weather events such as typhoons are increasing in frequency and severity, destroying homes, infrastructure, livestock and crops.
08 May 2014 , Koblenz, Germany

First Rhine-Mekong Symposium

The First Rhine-Mekong Symposium took place on 8 – 9 May 2014 in Koblenz, Germany. It gathered around 70 people, including representatives from the International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine Basin, the International Commission for protection of the Rhine, the Mekong River Commission, government representatives, experts and scientists from the Rhine and Mekong basins. Its objective was to share knowledge and discuss challenges on their different and common issues and to explore areas for potential cooperation.
05 April 2014 , Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Second Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit

The Second MRC Summit in April 2014 was the most momentous event as Heads of the MRC Countries, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam revisited their commitments made four years ago on a number of key issues facing the Mekong Basin and the MRC and agree on best ways to address them.

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