The Ministers/Representatives of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam (hereafter referred to as the “Lower Mekong Countries”); the European Union, the Governments of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and the United States; and the World Bank (hereafter referred to as the “Development Partners”); and Mekong River Commission (MRC), collectively referred to as “the Participants,”
In the spirit of promoting continued cooperation to support inclusive and sustainable development among the Lower Mekong Countries;
Initial and preliminary analysis for the extent of the water level rise in Stung Treng due to the dam break shows about 20 cm compared to normal condition.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 25 July 2018 – The Mekong River’s water levels have increased rapidly during the period of July 15 – 24, with a rise of over four meters in some stations along the mainstream. But they are not at the alarm level yet.
For example, in the upstream part of Lao PDR in Luang Prabang, water levels had risen from 8.97 meters on 18 July to 13.32 on 23 July, a rise of slightly over four meters. A sudden increase was detected at this motoring station, with a jump from 10.85 to 13.28 meters during 21-22 July.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 July 2018 – The government of Japan has re-affirmed its support to the Mekong River Commission in continuing activities under a project to improve irrigation facilities across the lower Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, MRC CEO Pham Tuan Phan said.
In a meeting, held on 5 July 2018 in Vientiane, between the CEO and representatives from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan offered its clear support to this project and its on-going associated activities which require US$1.4 million to implement.
29 November 2017, Pattaya, Thailand – Today, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council comprising water and environment ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam gathered for its Twenty-Fourth Meeting in Pattaya, Thailand. The meeting was to review the MRC work in 2017 and make a decision on future direction for the MRC in 2018, including approving the Annual Work Plan.
Cao Lanh, Viet Nam, 27 October 2017 – Joint research and training, hydro-meteorological data exchange and new bilateral working groups between border provinces of Cambodia and Viet Nam are some of the ideas water specialists from the two countries shared during a workshop held in Cao Lanh to solve long-standing transboundary water issues.
On September 14-15, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) hosted the Regional Consultation Workshop on Data Management Improvement. The consultation convened representatives of the MRC, National Mekong Committees, and development partners including the World Bank, Australia, and the United States.
The Mekong River Commission monitors the Mekong river daily, including water level, water quality, as well as flood and drought forecasting. Our data affirms that Typhoon Doksuri (Doksuri) is the main contributor to the rising water level in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB).
In November 2009, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) initiated the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project (M-IWMRP) as a follow up to the Water Utilization Programme (WUP). This was in partnership with the World Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Aﬀairs and Trade. The project comprised three inter-linked components:
In November 2009, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) initiated the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project (M-IWMRP) as a follow up to the Water Utilization Programme (WUP).
This was in partnership with the World Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Aff airs and Trade. The project comprised three inter-linked components:
The Mekong region has witnessed considerable deterioration of watersheds from war, logging, mining, population growth, hydropower and irrigation development, and clearing of terrestrial and flooded forests for agriculture. Some areas of the Mekong basin have lost over half of their original forest cover leading to soil erosion, flash floods, and a decline in the provision of ecological goods and services.
29 June 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR - Today, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kingdom of Morocco. As part of South – South cooperation, Morocco is the first Arabic and African partner of the MRC.
The partnership translates the vision of the King of Morocco towards diversifying the cooperation at all levels to achieve a sustainable, active and solidarity-based development.
Senior officials of the four Member Countries from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam gathered at Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, during 26-27 April 2017 for the Forty-Fifth Meeting of The Joint (JC) of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to deliberate on key issues and activities of the MRC.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 23 January 2017 – The Government of the Netherlands has granted USD 2.17 million to the Mekong River Commission in support of its MRC Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 including the Flood Management and Mitigation Initial Studies.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 29 September 2016–The Government of Germany- has granted EUR 2.5 million to the Mekong River Commission to implement its strategic work, including climate change and adaptation, flood and drought management and sustainable hydropower.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 11 August 2016–The Swiss government, through its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), has granted more than US$7 million to the Mekong River Commission to implement its overall work, which covers areas such as climate change and adaptation, flood and drought management; and sustainable hydropower.
The financial agreement was signed by Tim Enderlin, SDC’s Director of Cooperation Laos and the Mekong Region, and Pham Tuan Phan, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC Secretariat, at a ceremony in Vientiane.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 28 July 2016 – The effects of climate change and basin development, the prolonged drought caused by El Niño, and increased cooperation with upstream countries were among the main topics discussed at the 44th Meeting of the Mekong River Commission’s Joint Committee, held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 27-28 July.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 18 December 2015 —The French government today committed 1 million euro to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to strengthen its Mekong hydro-meteorological network, a near-real time river monitoring system for flood and draught forecasting.
We, the Heads of the Governments of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Kingdom of Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, meet in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, for the Second Summit of the Mekong River Commission (MRC).
We reaffirm the vital importance of sustainable use and management of water and related resources of the Mekong River Basin and the continuing political commitment to implement the 1995 Mekong Agreement, and consolidate the spirit of Mekong cooperation;