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  • Vision & Mission » Mekong River Commission
    vision to bring about an economically prosperous socially just and environmentally sound Mekong River Basin we have placed regional cooperation and basin wide planning at the heart of our operation Moving towards a new level of maturity in early 2011 we endorsed two key strategies the Integrated Water and Related Resources Management IWRM based Basin Development Strategy and the 2011 2015 Strategic Plan that shape a more comprehensive and new direction for the agency The IWRM based strategy provides regional and transboundary perspectives for basin development planning representing over a decade of collaboration between Member Countries on their shared understanding of the river s opportunities and risks associated with development Meanwhile the strategic plan for the 2011 2015 period will support the implementation of this Strategy as well as providing a platform for the MRC s plan to decentralise core functions of the MRC Secretariat to the national level Visions and Mission VISION for the Mekong River Basin An economically prosperous socially just and environmentally sound Mekong River Basin VISION for the Mekong River Commission A world class financially secure International River Basin Organisation serving the Mekong countries to achieve the basin Vision MISSION of the Mekong River Commission To promote and coordinate sustainable management and development of water and related resources for the countries mutual benefit and the people s well being Latest News We are hiring Exciting career opportunities with the Mekong River Commission Several positions available click to find out more Basin Development Strategy and MRC Strategic Plan 2016 2020 set the stage for new sustainable development As the Mekong River Commission commemorates the signing of the 1995 Mekong Agreement on this day 21 years ago the MRC today launched the publications of a critical basin wide strategy and a strategic plan MRC to Review Viet Nam

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  • Organisational Structure » Mekong River Commission
    other in Vientiane Lao PDR The Secretariat facilitates regional meetings of the Member Countries and provides technical advice on joint planning coordination and cooperation It also works closely with the four countries coordinating bodies the National Mekong Committees NMCs and other state agencies Currently the People s Republic of China and the Union of Myanmar are engaged as MRC Dialogue Partners MRC Organisational Structure MRC Operational Structure Members of the MRC Council CAMBODIA H E Mr Lim Kean Hor Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Chairperson of Cambodia National Mekong Committee Member of the MRC Council for Cambodia THAILAND General Surasak Karnjanarat Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Chairperson of Thai National Mekong Committee Member of the MRC Council for Thailand LAO PDR H E Mr Sommad Pholsena Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Chairperson of Lao National Mekong Committee Member of the MRC Council for the Lao PDR Chairperson of the MRC Council for 2016 VIET NAM H E Dr Tran Hong Ha Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Chairperson of Viet Nam National Mekong Committee Member of the MRC Council for Viet Nam Members of the MRC Joint Committee CAMBODIA H E Mr Te Navuth Secretary General of Cambodia National Mekong Committee Member of the MRC Joint Committee for Cambodia Cambodia National Mekong Committee THAILAND Mr Suphot Tovijakchaikul Director General of Department of Water Resources Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Secretary General of Thai National Mekong Committee Member of the MRC Joint Committee for Thailand Chairperson of the MRC Joint Committee for 2016 LAO P D R Secretary General of Lao National Mekong Committee Member of the MRC Joint Committee for Lao P D R Lao National Mekong Committee VIET NAM Dr Le Duc Trung Director General Viet Nam National Mekong Committee Member of

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  • Upstream Partners » Mekong River Commission
    and Myanmar have demonstrated an increasing commitment to cooperation including sharing more data and information on the status of upstream developments and joint capacity building activities In 2002 the MRC s cooperation with China under the Dialogue Partner relationship was strengthened with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MOU on the provision of daily river flow and rainfall data from two monitoring stations in Yunnan Province during the wet season These data help improve the MRC s regional daily forecast of downstream water levels at key points on the Mekong River during the flood season In turn these forecasts can save lives and reduce damage to property and crops In recent years the MRC Secretariat has cooperated with Myanmar in a number of areas such as improving the MRC s hydro meteorological coverage by exchanging relevant monitoring and water quality data and sharing technical expertise in flood prevention and management A number of areas such as navigation safety strategic environmental assessment and continued sharing of hydro meteorological data with Myanmar have been explored with potential for future technical cooperation Enhanced cooperation with China and Myanmar is crucial for the sustainable management of the Lancang Mekong Basin where flow conditions and sediment delivery downstream have already been modified by hydropower and climate change Building on the Dialogue Partner arrangement future cooperation may include institutionalising a more extensive information sharing system on river flows and reservoir operations as well as joint technical studies and capacity building in flood and drought management Latest News We are hiring Exciting career opportunities with the Mekong River Commission Several positions available click to find out more Basin Development Strategy and MRC Strategic Plan 2016 2020 set the stage for new sustainable development As the Mekong River Commission commemorates the signing of the 1995 Mekong Agreement

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  • Development Partners & Partner Organisations » Mekong River Commission
    Organisations The Mekong River Commission is funded through contributions from the four Member Countries Cambodia Lao PDR Thailand and Viet Nam and through technical and financial collaborations with the following countries organisations through their bilateral and multilateral development and financial institutions Australia Belgium Denmark European Union Finland France Germany Japan Luxembourg New Zealand Sweden Switzerland The Netherlands The United States World Bank Partner Organisations The MRC works with many different partners under jointly funded projects under formal Memoranda of Understanding or in a research capacity In 2001 observer status for regional partner organisations was agreed upon by member countries and invitations for their participation in MRC Governance meetings were extended for these long time regional partner organizations to attend the MRC Council and Joint Committee meetings Asian Development Bank ADB Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN United Nations Development Programme UNDP United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific UNESCAP World Wide Fund for Nature WWF The Mekong Connection ADB GMS and MRC working together for the region Click here to download this leaflet Latest News We are hiring Exciting career opportunities with the Mekong River Commission Several positions available click to find out more Basin Development Strategy and MRC Strategic Plan 2016 2020 set the stage for new sustainable development As the Mekong River Commission commemorates the signing of the 1995 Mekong Agreement on this day 21 years ago the MRC today launched the publications of a critical basin wide strategy and a strategic plan MRC to Review Viet Nam s Mekong Delta Study on Hydropower Development The Mekong River Commission will review the results of a comprehensive study by Viet Nam on the impact of hydropower development on the Mekong Delta with a view to link it with

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  • Agriculture and Irrigation Programme » Mekong River Commission
    of paddy fields The Programme also works towards improved irrigation to assure that the sector s water management is more sustainable in the future Developing a more active role in agricultural water management Due to the inextricable link between agriculture food security and climate change the Programme primarily focuses its activities on water management in the sector Monitoring agricultural water use is crucial to understanding the basin wide flow regime While the scales of individual AIP irrigation projects are small at a national level cumulative impacts on the flow regime are considerable and affect agricultural communities throughout the Lower Mekong Basin In preparation for natural events that impact farmers livelihoods such as climate change extreme floods and droughts the Programme relays real time flood and drought monitoring conditions to local and national agencies in order to better prepare men and women in the basin for emergency situations The Programme s work also covers topics such as forestry and watershed management issues These are now included under the Basin Development Plan Programme Read more about the agriculture sector changes in Redefining MRC s role in agriculture and water management Paddy fields provide multiple benefits Paddy fields produce food but they also provide other useful functions including flood mitigation groundwater recharge river flow stabilisation capture and re use of irrigation water erosion control and microclimate regulation as well as uses by rural households MRC s Demonstration of Multi functionality of Paddy Fields over the Mekong River Basin project as part of the AIP revealed the vital importance of the myriad functions of paddy fields at target locations in Thailand and Viet Nam Improving irrigation efficiency Efficient irrigation is necessary to ensure water is available for agricultural development as well as development in other sectors MRC has supported the improvement of irrigation efficiency

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  • Basin Development Plan Programme » Mekong River Commission
    its Member Countries provides the opportunity for strong networks broad understanding and ownership as the MRC moves towards core river basin management functions A basin wide approach to development With the future of the Mekong s water resources in mind the BDP Programme successfully develops basin wide development scenario assessments Scenarios provide a structured method for comparing future water resource development and management options They also provide information that governments and other stakeholders need in order to identify the most acceptable compromise between resource development and resource protection in various parts of the basin As part of basin wide planning development scenarios have bolstered trust and cooperation among Mekong countries Recent assessments of basin wide development scenarios covered a range of environmental social and economic criteria The scenario assessments provided for the first time information the Member Countries need to address their concerns and develop a shared understanding of the opportunities and risks of further water resources development These assessments are presented in a 14 volume report comprising a main report and 13 technical reports A link to the main report is provided below The supporting technical reports are available upon request Please send a message to More information Main Report of the Assessment of Basin wide Development Scenarios April 2011 Working together towards a common goal Fisher groups in Cambodia s Tonle Sap ship captains in Viet Nam s Mekong Delta farmers on the river banks of Lao PDR and river based organisations located in Thailand all have one common interest the sustainable development of the Mekong River Basin s water resources As part of the Basin s development process the BDP aims to promote participation and joint cooperation among stakeholder groups throughout the region One way that the BDP includes stakeholders in the basin development process is through annual regional stakeholder forums With over 250 community representatives BDP brought together researchers development agencies national and regional civil society organisations government agencies and the private sector to discuss options available for sustainable use of the Basin s water resources in 2008 2009 and 2010 The Programme is extending its stakeholder engagement through participatory approaches to ensure that the widest possible ranges of voices from communities impacted by potential basin development are heard by national authorities More related documents Forum proceedings November 2014 Programme document Basin Action Plan May 2013 Basin Development Strategy Khmer March 2013 Basin Development Strategy Lao 2013 Basin Development Strategy Thai 2013 Basin Development Strategy Vietnamese 2013 Basin Development Strategy English 2011 Integrated Water Resource Management in the Mekong Basin Training Manual October 2011 Assessment of Basin wide Development Scenarios Main Report April 2011 Working Towards an IWRM Based Basin Development Strategy for the Lower Mekong Basin March 2011 State of the Basin Report 2010 main report Stakeholder Analysis for the MRC Basin Development Plan Programme Phase2 March 2010 Stakeholder Participation and Communication Plan for Basin Development Planning in the Lower Mekong Basin July 2009 Regional Irrigation Sector Review for Joint Basin Planning Process March 2009

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  • Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative » Mekong River Commission
    and Adaptation Initiative CCAI is a collaborative effort among MRC Member Countries Cambodia Lao PDR Thailand and Viet Nam to demonstrate and share adaptation strategies With its emphasis on a basin wide approach the Initiative ensures that climate change adaptation is harmonised with effective strategies plans at various levels and is applied at priority locations throughout the basin Climate change adaptation planning Sharing how people adapt to climate change through local strategies is a unique and effective initiative by the MRC and its partners As part of the CCAI the MRC is developing an adaptation planning process through pilot projects at demonstration sites in all four Member Countries The planning will draw on local knowledge and local adaptation strategies to identify practices that can be scaled up to the region as a whole Adaptation planning is based on demonstration knowledge sharing and learning to continuously improve methods and results Implementation of the adaptation planning process will be promoted at the local level for relevant sectors and at the basin wide and transboundary levels Developing an everyday understanding on climate change In light of the wide potential impacts of climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin there is a need for awareness raising activities to build national level capacities on the topic CCAI is working with institutions specialists programmes and communities in the basin to develop adaptation plans and implementation strategies specific to each Member Country The initiative provides on the job advice and mentoring and learning exchange visits for government staff with other countries and other sites In addition the CCAI develops training and advisory manuals so that proven methods and approaches can be applied more widely To communicate key messages related to climate change the Initiative produces reader friendly posters cartoons and grassroots comics in riparian languages and applies them as campaign tools to raise awareness on climate change in the basin Fostering dialogue with stakeholders Working closely with stakeholders throughout the region has enabled the Initiative to develop partnerships For example in July 2008 the MRC launched a process of dialogue and consultation on climate change with government agencies academic institutions non government organisations and Development Partners The Mekong Environment and Climate Symposium was one of several events organised to foster dialogue and consultation among stakeholders Climate change posters English Khmer Laotian Thai Vientamese English Khmer Laotian Thai Vientamese English Khmer Laotian Thai Vientamese English Khmer Laotian Thai Vientamese Stories Living on the edge of the rising sea Banking on the seasons Programme Document For detailed information on the structure and components of the CCAI review the Programme Document and CCAI Leaflet Related Topics For more information on climate change see the Climate Change Topic page Development Partners Australia Denmark European Union Finland Germany Luxembourg and Sweden support the Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative Glossary of Climate Change Terms The complexities of climate change and related terminology can create confusion To aid better understanding CCAI has created a glossary of climate change terms for use by the media

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  • Drought Management Programme » Mekong River Commission
    countries by preparing vulnerable communities for increasingly frequent and severe drought events through monitoring analysis and implementation of regional drought adaptation and mitigation strategies Unlike floods which provide many benefits to the MekongBasin s agriculture and ecosystems drought only brings socio economic hardship to riparian countries especially the riverine communities Yields of rice and other lifeline crops plummet as a result of water shortages and saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta Annual fish catches decline Vegetable gardens fail reducing the availability of cheap food while farm production costs soar due to higher water bills Water levels become critically low making transport of goods and services at some parts of the river difficult and at other points impossible The MRC s Drought Management Programme DMP assists the riparian countries by preparing vulnerable communities for increasingly frequent and severe drought events through monitoring analysis and implementation of regional drought adaptation and mitigation strategies Preparing for drought As climate and weather patterns become more volatile drought events in the MekongBasin have become more frequent and intense with growing potential to cause devastating damage to the region s food security and economies Those communities that were unprepared have suffered the most Working with other MRC programmes the Drought Management Programme helps riparian countries prepare their communities for the unpredictable This includes developing a greater understanding of the region s drought conditions as well as analysis of drought risk and vulnerability for regional drought projection and mitigation policy The data on water levels and rainfall the MRC collects regularly from observation stations across the Mekong and its tributaries recognises trends and provides synthesised science based insights into the river s hydro meteorological conditions Together with support for the application of drought monitoring tools that allow for early detection drought information helps national counterparts to identify and understand the key patterns and causes of drought and ultimately improve their long term agriculture plans as well as proactive and emergency responses to drought events Using historical data and trends policy makers will be able to better plan the use and management of waters that affect agriculture fisheries and navigation Up scaling local experiences and capabilities to tackle drought The effects of floods and drought in the region are magnified because the affected communities are generally poor and vulnerable and recurrent cycles of extreme events keep them that way Helping these people withstand the negative effects of floods and drought will improve their living standards and lift them out of poverty The MRC is taking collaborative actions embarking on broad views and adaptable strategies to address the multi faceted issues of drought that affect agricultural outputs water and land use Drawing on local knowledge of drought demonstration activities under the MRC climate change adaptation initiative and other activities of MRC programmes enable drought mitigation and adaptation agencies to work with local populations on developing drought coping strategies that include drought resistant crops and water storage to tide farmers over during the dry season The Programme will identify indigenous

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