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Cover MRC Mekong wide challenges near finishing line   12 June 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

New strategy to address Mekong wide challenges near finishing line

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 12 June 2020 – A draft Mekong basin development strategy to respond to critical environmental and social pressures from ongoing and planned developments and climate change in the Mekong River Basin has now received a greenlight from a governance body of the Mekong River Commission, according to a special meeting of the MRC. 
IMG 01   05 June 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Sanakham project prior consultation to start after Luang Prabang consultation ends in June

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 5 June 2020 – The scheduled conclusion of the prior consultation process of the 1,460-megawatt Luang Prabang hydropower project the Lao government has proposed to build on the Mekong mainstream in the northern province of Luang Prabang has now moved to 30 June 2020, according to a meeting of the Mekong River Commission. 
Overivew of the Mekong River in Luang Prabang area cover   11 May 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Laos to undertake prior consultation for Sanakham hydropower project

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 11 May 2020 — Lao PDR will undertake the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) prior consultation process for its Sanakham hydropower project, the sixth proposed project on the Mekong mainstream. The run-of-river dam will operate continuously year-round and produce 684 megawatts of electricity. 
DJI 0499   30 April 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong levels rise to normal, while more rainfall is in forecast

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 30 April 2020 – Water levels across the vast majority of lower Mekong basin have now returned to their normal long-term averages, says the Mekong River Commission (MRC). But they are still lower than those of the 2018 and 2019 dry seasons. 
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Greater transparency in data sharing and cooperation will improve management of the Mekong River, says MRC

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 21 April 2020 – Greater data sharing, transparency and cooperation between its Member Countries and Dialogue Partners will improve management of the Mekong River, the Mekong River Commission said today. 
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Mekong River Commission launches interactive and easy-to-use Mekong data portal

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 April 2020 – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today launched a revitalised online data service platform that assembles, analyses, and visualises data about the health and condition of the Mekong River. 
Cover v23   01 April 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC's 25th Anniversary: A time to look back and see what lies ahead

It has been 25 years since Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam – all members of the MRC – signed on 5 April 1995 the Mekong Agreement to develop and protect Southeast Asia’s mighty Mekong River. Dr An Pich Hatda, who is the MRC Secretariat CEO, spoke with Khmer Times on what the organisation has achieved and faced, and key challenges facing the Mekong River and ways forwards.
Main MRC Home page banner 25 02 v2   17 March 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Campaign launched to celebrate 25th Anniversary of MRC, inspire river protection

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 16 March 2020 – The Mekong River Commission has launched a social media campaign in which all nationalities can enter and stand a chance to win different prizes. 
Cover v22   13 March 2020 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Japan provides $3.9 million to tackle Mekong flood and drought issues

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 13 March 2020 – The government of Japan today granted JPY 412 million or approximately US$3.9 million to the Mekong River Commission in advancing its flood and drought monitoring and forecasting functions. 
IMG 6026 1   04 March 2020 , Pursat, Cambodia

Safeguarding livelihoods for fishing communities in Mekong Countries

Pursat, Cambodia, 4 March 2020 – The community at Dun Ei, a fishing village 180 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh, has been making a living through fishing along the Pursat River for generations. In recent years, however, river structures, such as dams and dikes, have been preventing fish from migrating upstream to their spawning and rearing grounds. For most of the year, fish have become scarce along the Pursat, forcing villagers to leave their homes in search of work. Those left behind face difficult livelihood and an uncertain future. 

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China to provide the Mekong River Commission with year-round water data

China has agreed to provide the Mekong River Commission (MRC) with year-round hydrological data, contributing to better river monitoring and flood and drought forecasting in the Mekong countries.

New guidelines for Mekong hydropower released to help optimise benefits, reduce risks

Hydropower developers, their consultants and relevant government agencies can now take stock of new technical guidelines to help optimse benefits and mitigate social and environmental impacts from hydropower projects throughout their lifecycle, says the M

Germany supplies scientific equipment to MRC to monitor dam impacts

The government of Germany today provided equipment for the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to monitor transboundary environmental impacts from two mainstream dams on the Lower Mekong River.

MRC Secretariat, International Office for Water partner for better water and information management

Regional and national information management systems improvement, and exchanges of knowledge and staff are among the key areas to benefit from a new partnership between the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat and International Office for Water (OIEa

Facebook joins with Mekong River Commission to raise awareness about flood and drought in the Mekong

Facebook and the MRC Secretariat today launched a collaboration initiative to provide early flood alert and drought monitoring.

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