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  • Weekly Upcoming Events, 29 April - 6 May 2016 » Mekong River Commission
    Weekly Upcoming Events 29 April 6 May 2016 Weekly Upcoming Events 29 April 6 May 2016 29th Apr 2016 6th May 2016 Event 1 Title of event Flood forecasting and its application in large scale river basin seminar Date and time 29 April 2016 9 00AM to 5 00PM Venue Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute Bangkok Thailand Event summary The seminar is organized by Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute of Thailand to discuss flood forecasting in large scale river basins in Thailand The Mekong River Commission s Flood Management and Mitigation Team is invited as a guest speaker to share experience on Mekong flood forecast and warning system Event 2 Title of event Mekong Sekong Rivers Fisheries Management Joint Consultation Workshop Date and time 4 5 May 2016 Venue Pakse Event summary The transboundary fisheries management project teams from Cambodia and Lao PDR will discuss on priority fisheries management issues which have significance to the both river basins and devise joint action plans to address together This is one of the five bilateral projects of Integrated Water Resources Management among the four member countries to enhance transboundary cooperation and dialogue for sustainable development Latest Events Weekly Upcoming Events 29 April 6 May 2016 MRC Chief Executive Officer joins German Ambassador on visit to Xayaburi dam site Chief Executive Officer of the Mekong River Commission MRC Secretariat accompanied the German Ambassador to Lao PDR on the Ambassador s visit to the site of Xayaburi dam on 19 April 2016 in order to gain a deeper understanding of the project Member Countries Agree on Next Steps for Council Study on Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin A comprehensive study on sustainable management and development of the Mekong River has completed its first phase and will move into the second phase later

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  • MRC Chief Executive Officer joins German Ambassador on visit to Xayaburi dam site » Mekong River Commission
    the aim of improving sediment transport and fish passage He also highlighted how further specifications to the MRC guidelines had been necessary something taken care of through the ongoing MRC work on guidelines for hydropower environmental impact mitigation and risk management in the Lower Mekong mainstream and tributaries and an anticipated update of the dam design guidelines in the framework of the 2016 2020 Strategic Plan Located approximately 150 km downstream of Luang Prabang the Xayaburi dam is planned to have an installed capacity of 1 285 megawatts with a dam 810 m long and 32 m high and has a reservoir area of 49 km 2 and live storage of 1 300 cubic metres The primary objective of the Xayaburi dam project is to generate foreign exchange earnings for financing socio economic development in Lao PDR The delegation was able to see the already operational navigation lock which is intended to function as a fish pass both up and downstream during construction of the actual fish pass facilities Passing from the right river bank across the partially opened spillway and intermediate block the CEO and Ambassador were able to observe ongoing construction works of the powerhouse and fish passing facilities on the left river bank The project is considered to be nearly 60 completed and XPCL expects to start operations in 2019 as planned During discussions the Ambassador was particularly interested to understand how a scheme like Xayaburi would alter flow regime and river habitat and what MRC s role had been in facilitating dialogues among riparian countries during the 2010 2011 prior consultation process Further the issue of improving and sustaining livelihood conditions of the resettled population was addressed Since taking up the office this is the first time CEO Pham has visited the Xayaburi dam site and he appreciated the opportunity I ve found this visit truly useful as it provided me a lot of insightful information and deepened my understanding especially on the current status of the construction of the dam said CEO Pham at the dam site Germany has provided both financial and technical support to the MRC since 1997 and the MRC has since been considered as one of its most important partners in Asia particularly in the area of sustainable hydropower development The MRC received the notification of the Xayaburi hydropower development project from the Government of Lao PDR in September 2010 and the project underwent the prior consultation process under the MRC s Procedures for Notification Prior Consultation and Agreement PNPCA the process that requires that the four countries come together with the aim of reaching a conclusion on the proposal within six months of its submission The MRC Secretariat acts as a facilitating body for the prior consultation process It is the intergovernmental advisory body responsible for cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose members include Cambodia Lao PDR Thailand and Viet Nam The 1995 MRC Mekong Agreement established the PNPCA which states that Member Countries must notify

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  • Member Countries Agree on Next Steps for “Council Study” on Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin » Mekong River Commission
    Mekong countries agreed on the next course of actions at a regional meeting in Vientiane at the Mekong River Commission Secretariat The Study on Sustainable Management and Development of the Mekong River including Impacts of Mainstream Hydropower Projects so called Council Study was commissioned by the MRC s highest body Council back in late 2011 It aims to close important knowledge gaps on how different water resources developments including mainstream hydropower will impact the river basin environmentally economically and socially Since the end of planning phase in late 2014 the MRC s Council Study team has formulated various development scenarios prepared the assessment framework and completed several interim technical reports on various thematic sectors including hydropower irrigation agriculture flood protection and navigation The reports also covered various disciplines such as hydrology sediment water quality bio resources and socio economic During the regional meeting the representatives discussed the way forward and agreed to take a number of steps during the next transition period to prepare for the second phase of implementation The member countries agreed to establish a new implementation arrangement that is compatible with the new MRC organizational structure and to reprioritize the remaining scope of work to be compatible with the budget available During the second phase the study team will assess the various development scenarios for the several thematic sectors The results of the study are expected to enhance the basin development planning process and promote capacity building among the MRC s member countries of Cambodia Lao PDR Thailand and Viet Nam For more information click here http www mrcmekong org highlights the study on sustainable management and development of the mekong river including impacts of mainstream hydropower projects Latest Events Weekly Upcoming Events 29 April 6 May 2016 MRC Chief Executive Officer joins German Ambassador on visit

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  • Sesan-Srepok, Mekong Delta Teams Agree on Joint Water Management Issues » Mekong River Commission
    according to the two transboundary project teams of Cambodia and Viet Nam Representatives of the two projects met in Hanoi on 22 and 23 March to discuss water resource management issues in an attempt to identify joint issues to tackle together in the future As a start the two teams have been working on the identification of national significant issues based on literature reviews field data collection and national consultation and have found the impact of hydropower development water quality degradation and hazardous floods and droughts as some of the national priority issues During the meeting the two project teams presented those national issues and discussed a way forward to identify joint significant water resource management issues The two teams also discussed how to formulate a joint issues paper and the timeline for the next steps to proceed with the project Among others the Sesan Srepok team came to agree on dealing with issues such as data sharing mechanisms and mitigation measures to address the impact of hydropower development while the Mekong Delta team decided to work on flood and drought management and infrastructure planning and monitoring among other issues The two teams will continue to work together to draft a joint paper on strategic water management issues and to set up a coordination mechanism and develop an action plan to address those issues in the coming years The joint papers are expected to be finalised by the end of August 2016 These two projects are part of the five World Bank funded transboundary projects to promote the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management principles at the sub basin level Latest Events Weekly Upcoming Events 29 April 6 May 2016 MRC Chief Executive Officer joins German Ambassador on visit to Xayaburi dam site Chief Executive Officer of the Mekong River Commission

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  • 4th Regional Forum on the Basin Development Strategy » Mekong River Commission
    2016 2020 Views from Mekong stakeholders documented in the publication of the Consultation s proceedings THE FORMAT OF THE FORUM The forum will consist of five sessions within the first two days and a field visit on the third day Plenary sessions will provide information related to the ongoing implementation of the Basin Development Strategy and the longer term development needs and opportunities and associated risks to prepare participants for the more in depth discussion of strategic topics during the parallel sessions Key messages from the event will be identified and drafted with support from the forum and session facilitators and from a panel of representatives from the Mekong basin countries civil society organisations and Development Partners Please click here for more details of the proceedings Click here to download the forum programme PARTICIPATION AND REGISTRATION The Forum strives to balance representation by various groups of stakeholders government non state actors and private sectors The event can accommodate up to 250 participants Some stakeholders will be directly contacted by the MRC but most are encouraged to respond to the application for open registration In particular the water using and developing sectors as well as broader stakeholders who attended previous consultations and forums on basin development planning are invited to apply Please register early to participate You can register online here The deadline for registration is 31 October 2014 No registration fee is required FINANCIAL SUPPORT AVAILABILITY Limited financial support is available for travel and a DSA of 3 4 night stay in Siem Reap only for participants from government agencies representatives of communities and national NGOs Priority will be given to broader stakeholders and those who have attended earlier consultations and forums and or engaged in the MRC BDP process LANGUAGE The meeting will be conducted in English Simultaneous translation from English into Khmer Lao Thai and Vietnamese will be provided in the Plenary Key introductory material will be provided in the national languages as well EXHIBITION There will be adequate space for exhibition and posters in the conference area The MRC will organise a photo exhibition on the changing face of the Mekong region and distribute relevant publications and brochures Other organisations including private developers branch organisations e g International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage International Hydropower Association and regional and national organisations and projects are invited to present their relevant work in the available information booths Facilities will be available to show short films The acceptance for exhibition is closed FIELD TRIP The Forum on 20 21 November will be followed by a field trip on 22 November The trip will take us back to the 12 th century and the irrigation schemes that were constructed around the hydraulic city of Angkor Wat the capital of the Khmer Empire in Cambodia An alternative field trip to explore the rich bio diversity of the Great Lake will be organised for those interested in the current situation of the Tonle Sap VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION The event will be held in

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  • Don Sahong Hydropower Project » Mekong River Commission
    agreed upon conditions for the project Click here for the detailed road map of the six month process Public Participation Even though public involvement is not a requirement of the process the Member Countries have agreed to the importance of public participation and national public consultations or information sharing meetings were held appropriately and according to national mechanisms and practices in the respective countries The MRC Secretariat held a regional public consultation aiming to inform involve and consult regional and international organisations civil society the media research institutes and the MRC s Development Partners on the proposed Don Sahong Hydropower Project as well as the prior consultation process It was an additional avenue for those who may not have the opportunity to participate in the national consultations or information sharing meetings held by each respective MRC Member Country Members of the public including civil society could also submit their views petitions and comments on the project during the process to the MRC via its website at http www mrcmekong org stakeholder consultations and the MRC ensured that these would be presented to the Joint Committee Views and comments reflected in previous and ongoing stakeholder participation mechanisms were also considered during the evaluation The aim was for the Joint Committee members to be informed of public opinion and concerns raised both in their own country and in other neighbouring countries on a proposed project and then use this information as part of their consideration Frequently Asked Questions What is the MRC s prior consultation process Why does the MRC need the prior consultation Who will be involved in the prior consultation process Isn t the prior consultation the approval process needed for a proposed project Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the process and related issues Key MRC documents Main Report of the Technical Review for the Prior Consultation process of the Don Sahong Hydropower Project Annexes of the Technical Review Report Annex A1 Prior Consultation Road Map Annex A2 List of International Regional and MRCS Expert contributors Annex B Alignment with the MRC PDG Annex C Fisheries Report Annex D Dolphin Report Annex E Hydrology and Hydraulics Report Annex F Water quality and Ecosystems Report Annex G Sediment Report Annex H Sediment Report Comments provided by NMCs after the Special Session of the Joint Committee on 28 January 2015 Comment by LNMC after the SS JC on TRR Comment by LNMC after the SS JC on FEG Annex Comment by TNMC after the SS JC on TRR Guidelines on the implementation of the PNPCA PNPCA Procedures The preliminary Design Guidance agreed by MRC Joint Committee on Fisheries Sediment Management Water Quality Navigation Safety of Dams Reply Form to Prior Consultation Reply Form Cambodia Reply Form and letter Thailand Reply Form Viet Nam Lao PDR s statement of PNPCA DSHHP Quick links Submit your feedback and comments Frequently Asked Questions Road map Regional Public Consultation 12 Dec 2014 Report PNPCA regional public consultation on DHSPP National Report

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  • Xayaburi Hydropower Project Prior Consultation Process » Mekong River Commission
    PC Review Report Detailed proposals for public participation and involvement i e meetings and web submission facility 29 Nov 2010 Field visit of PC site joint activity JC PNPCA WG MRCS facilitated by LNMCS and the developer 30 Nov 2010 2 nd PNPCA Working Group Meeting Presentation of draft MRCS scoping assessment Presentation and discussion of any initial national review findings Presentation discussion of Table of Contents for the MRC PC Review Report Review of any public participation process undertaken to date Discussion and comments for further consideration Re confirmation of next steps of PC Road Map 1 Dec 28 Jan 2011 Continuation of technical PC review by MRCS Continue detailed review of the received PC documents in relation to the Preliminary Design Guidance for Mainstream Dams and other aspects Compilation of Draft MRC PC Review Report according to agreed Table of Contents circulation to PNPCA WG January February 2011 Hold public consultations as agreed by PNPCA WG In Cambodia 1 st consultative meeting Date 10 February 2011 Venue Kratie Province 2 nd consultative meeting Date 28 February 2011 Venue Sihanoukville Province View a brief report of the national consultation meetings in Cambodia In Thailand 1 st consultative meeting Date 22 January 2011 Venue Chiangkhong District Chiang Rai Prov 2 nd consultative meeting Date 10 February 2011 Venue Loei Prov 3 rd consultative meeting Date 12 February 2011 Venue Muang District Nakonphanom Prov View a brief report of the national consultation meetings in Thailand In Viet Nam 1 st consultative meeting Date 14 January 2011 Venue Can Tho City View a brief report of the national consultation meeting in Can Tho City 2 nd consultative meeting Date 22 February 2011 Venue Ha Long City Quang Ninh Province View a brief report of the national consultation meeting in Ha Long City 14 Feb 2011 3 rd PNPCA Working Group Meeting Presentation of the Draft MRC PC Review Report Presentation and discussion of national review findings on the PC Preliminary summary of comments from public participation process Final comments for integration 28 Feb 2011 Final draft of MRC PC review report Consolidation of PNPCA WG comments and compilation of the Final Draft MRC PC Review Report 24 25 March 2011 Submission of the Final Draft MRC PC Review Report to the Preparatory Meeting of the MRC JC and Report on NMC organized consultation meetings to the JC Possible conclusion of the JC regarding the submitted PC MRCS takes action based on outcome of the meeting and in accordance with the PNPCA Guidelines 19 April 2011 Special Joint Committee Meeting in Vientiane Lao PDR Final JC Conclusion Take prior consultation for the Xayaburi project to the ministerial level 8 Dec 2011 MRC Council concluded that there is a need for further study on the sustainable development and management of the Mekong River including impact from mainstream hydropower development projects Public Participation Public participation is considered necessary for the Xayaburi PNPCA prior consultation process as it aims to involve people in a process that

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  • Banking on the seasons » Mekong River Commission
    good season using a faster growing rice variety and producing the needed three tons of rice but on lower ground less than 1 km away the story was quite different Gesturing to the field behind his thatched bamboo house Chhom Hai explained how the flood waters kept rising The flood came gradually to our land increasing day by day and lasted about six weeks said Hai 36 If it had stopped below the top of the plants or only lasted 20 days it would have been ok But it was impossible to manage this amount of water he said Chhom Hai and his wife lack enough land to grow rice for income and can only produce what their family needs to eat Flooding reached the top of the stilts of their thatched house in the 2011 rainy season and lasted one and a half months wiping out their crop for the year All of our rice was destroyed and our chickens died of disease With only one third of a hectare of land Hai could only watch the days go by as his family s food supply for the next year spoiled To raise income for buying food when the crops fail Hai has to travel for construction work for part of each year leaving his wife to care for their home and two children Hai sees little choice in how to carry on in the next rainy season We will continue to grow our rice the same way how can we change it We have no way to prepare for such floods Sang Ke Chong village s head Khim Kong 57 has observed changes in the cropping season and worries how unpredictable rainfall will affect his community In the past the rainy season always started in May but now it s happening in June and seems to get later and later said Kong a difference that is critical to the planting calendar There used to be a six month dry season followed by a six month rainy season but now the dry season is longer and it s very hot some days even in rainy season he said Recent MRC research covering the period 2010 2050 points to hotter temperatures and potential changes in seasonal rainfalls in Cambodia under certain IPCC climate change scenarios which would worsen both drought and flood periods Climate change may increase uncertainty and risks of climate hazards especially extreme flood and drought events in rain fed areas of the Lower Mekong Basin in particular said Nguyen Huong Thuy Phan Coordinator of the MRC s Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative CCAI Phan added that for the local people residing along the Mekong their daily livelihoods rely very much on the climate conditions such as temperature rainfall and humidity and the Mekong water resources Any change in climate conditions and water availability will therefore cause adverse impacts on their lives and life supporting systems including income and water and food security CCAI is a long term

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