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.
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.
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;
Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 16 January 2013—The European Union (EU) today committed 4.95 million EUR (over USD 6 million) to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to boost its efforts in responding to the region’s climate change challenges.
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 26th Oct 2011
The Mekong River Commission and the government of Switzerland today signed a new agreement which contributes financial support towards basin development and environment project activities in the Lower Mekong Basin.
A fundamental objective of the 1995 Mekong Agreement is cooperation among LMB countries to achieve 'the full potential of sustainable benefits to all riparian countries and the prevention of wasteful use of Mekong River Basin waters'. Basin planning is central to the Mekong Agreement as it requires the four countries in the Lower Mekong Basin to 'cooperate in the formulation of a basin development plan'.
This paper aims to summarise in detail the results of the analysis under the CSIRO-MRC project of "Reducing vulnerability of water resources, people and the environment in the Mekong Basin to climate change impacts" by providing the basic findings on the impacts of climate change and development on the Mekong River flow regimes.
This report builds on the first State of the Basin Report, which was published in 2003. It describes the status of fisheries, forestry, agriculture, hydropower, water quality, wetlands, navigation and trade, climate change and flood management in the LMB and the interactions between them. The report provides readers with information about the ecological health of the Mekong river system, highlighting its resilience to current human induced pressures and also the threats it faces. It outlines some of the development