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Pak Beng Dam Site Pak Beng00005 sm   19 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Drought continues to hit Mekong countries, risking stress on crop production, water shortages

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 19 November 2019 – Severe to extreme drought is expected to hit countries in the lower Mekong basin from now until January 2020, warns the Mekong River Commission. Thailand and Cambodia would be hardest hit compared to Lao PDR and Viet Nam.    
Cover v17   07 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Avenues to make MRC’s prior consultation process more meaningful should be explored, says a public regional forum

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 7 November 2019 – Opportunities to make the Mekong River Commission’s Prior Consultation process more meaningful should be explored, and the required data and information on the Lao PDR’s proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project should be supplied, according to a public regional forum organized by the MRC. 
The 8th MRC Regional Stakeholder Forum 3   06 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Stakeholders suggest key priorities for next Mekong basin development strategy

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 6 November 2019 – Improving information management and sharing, moving towards coordinated operation of dams, increasing cooperation with Mekong related frameworks, creating more space for community engagement, and increasing efforts to protect environmental assets were some of the key priorities stakeholders recommended the Mekong River Commission take up in the update of the Mekong Basin Development Strategy (BDS) and Strategic Plan.   
Cover 2   06 November 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Taking a closer look at the MRC’s prior consultation process, Khmer Times

About 200 people representing civil society, academics, the private sector, governments and development partners have gathered in Laos for the Mekong River Commission’s regional forum. Today, participants discussed the Lao-proposed Luang Prabang hydropower project and An Pich Hatda, chief executive officer of the MRC Secretariat, spoke with Khmer Times about the prior consultation process. 
Cover v15   22 October 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Mekong water related resources need urgent protection, better planning and management, says a new MRC report

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 22 October 2019 — The apparent permanent modification of mainstream flow regime, the substantial reduction in sediment flows due to sediment trapping, the continuing loss of wetlands, the deterioration of riverine habitats, the growing pressures on capture fisheries, and the limited information sharing on current water development facilities and water use are some of the major challenges facing countries in the Mekong, says a new report by the Mekong River Commission (MRC). 
Cover v13   09 October 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Prior Consultation process starting date for Luang Prabang project agreed

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 October 2019 — The Mekong River Commission’s Joint Committee Working Group (JCWG) for the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) has agreed on the official starting date of a six-month prior consultation process for the 1,460-megawatt Luang Prabang hydropower project proposed on the Mekong mainstream in Lao PDR. 
Cover MRC   08 October 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

MRC, Morocco concretize cooperation, eying for a regional educational visitor center in Laos

Rabat, Morocco, 8 October 2019 — The Mekong River Commission and the Moroccan government last week brought their cooperation in renewable energy and eco-tourism to a new level as they sought to strengthen the existing partnership. 
Mekong Xayaburi00007   01 October 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Laos to undertake prior consultation for Luang Prabang hydropower project

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 1 October 2019 — The Lao Government will undertake the Mekong River Commission’s prior consultation process for the Luang Prabang hydropower project located between the proposed Pak Beng project on the upstream and the nearly completed downstream Xayaburi project. The run-of-the-river dam will operate continuously year-round and produce 1,460 MW of electricity. 
Public hearing from Mississippi ed   24 September 2019

Public hearing from Mississippi, an example to increase community participation in a systematic structure

For the people living along the Mississippi River in the United States, 2019 was a critical year. It was the wettest year on record during the 1895-2019. Floods have endangered the lower basin resulting from a series of floods in tributaries and sets records for duration and total volume.
cs front   23 September 2019 , Vientiane, Lao PDR

Interactive report for the Council Study

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23 September 2019 - How can we stimulate strong economic growth without compromising environmental sustainability and leaving anyone behind? The MRC Council Study, whose findings and recommendations are now captured in a “interactive version” released today, gives answers to this question.

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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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