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The Mekong River Commission

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) was formed on 5 April 1995 by an agreement between the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. The four countries signed The Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin and agreed on joint management of their shared water resources and development of the economic potential of the river.

The MRC has been built on a foundation of nearly 50 years of knowledge and experience in the region starting from 1957 when it began life as the UN-founded Mekong Committee.

In 1996 China and Myanmar became Dialogue Partners of the MRC and the countries now work together within a cooperation framework.

The MRC is an international, country-driven river basin organisation that provides the institutional framework to promote regional cooperation in order to implement the 1995 Agreement. The MRC serves its member states by supporting decisions and promoting action on sustainable development and poverty alleviation as a contribution to the UN Millennium Development Goals.

The MRC supports the Mekong Programme, a Regional Cooperation Programme for the Sustainable Development of Water and Related Resources in the Mekong Basin owned by its member countries.

The four goals of our organisation for 2006-2010 are:

Goal 1: To promote and support coordinated, sustainable, and pro-poor development;

Goal 2: To enhance effective regional cooperation;

Goal 3: To strengthen basin-wide environmental monitoring and impact assessment;

Goal 4: To strengthen the Integrated Water Resources Management capacity and knowledge base of the MRC bodies, National Mekong Committees, Line Agencies, and other stakeholders.

The Mekong River Commission Secretariat, which is based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, provides technical and administrative services to the MRC Council and Joint Committee.

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Upcoming Events

» Mekong Environment and Climate Symposium 2010 26-27 April 2010, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

» 8th Annual Mekong Flood Forum, 26-27 May 2010, Vientiane, Lao PDR

Recent Reports and Documents

Annual Flood Report 2008

MRC Annual Report 2008

Preliminary Design Guidance for Pro-posed Mainstream Dams in the Lower Mekong Basin

Mekong photo book
"The Living Mekong" sheds light on river life.

Mekong News.
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The Mekong River Report Card on Aquatic Ecological Health 2008

All MRC publications
MRC Agreements and Procedures

MRC Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2006-2010

MRC Communication Strategy and Disclosure Policy

Recent Speeches

» Opening Statement by H.E. Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, at the MRC Summit

» Closing Remarks by H.E. Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, at the MRC Summit

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» Basin Development Plan 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum 15-17 October, 2009, Chiang Rai, Thailand

» Regional Technical Workshop on Application of Modelling Tools for Climate Change Impact and Vulnerability Assessment, 8,9-Sep-09, Bangkok, Thailand

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