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23 Apr 2021 VIENTIANE, Laos
Unexpected changes in river levels and the clarity of the water have raised concerns about nesting fish and birds. Pattern of "unnatural" fluctuation observed.
9 Mar 2021 VIENTIANE, Laos
Mekong River water levels between Jinghong hydropower station in China’s Yunnan province and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam fell in recent weeks to worrying levels, says the Mekong River Commission (MRC).
4 Mar 2021 VIENTIANE, Laos
Mekong River water levels between Jinghong hydropower station in China’s Yunnan province and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam fell in recent weeks to worrying levels, says the Mekong River Commission (MRC). The MRC has observed a 25 percent drop in average rainfall since last November, while outflow from Jinghong has been fluctuating wildly, falling to half its normal levels on several days in January...
12 Jan 2021 BANGKOK, Thailand
The government of Thailand has expressed concern about plans by Laos to build another hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River, citing environmental concerns.Thailand has called for a more comprehensive scientific study into the impact of the proposed Sanakham dam on the river’s already fragile ecosystems and has threatened to veto the project using its rights as a member of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) if it concludes that the construction will harm the environment...
17 Dec 2020 WASHINGTON DC, United States
A new, United States-funded real-time data platform using remote sensing is designed to bring transparency to dam operations in China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. While the platform will aid understanding of the effects of upstream dams, it may also exacerbate US-China rivalry in the basin...
3 Nov 2020 VIENTIENE, Laos
China has agreed to provide year-round water data to the Mekong River Commission (MRC), to improve river monitoring, and flood and drought forecasting in downstream Mekong basin countries.Over the last 18 years, China has shared water and rainfall data from June to October (in the flood season) from two hydrological stations located on the Upper Mekong mainstream...
15 Sep 2020 WASHINGTON DC, United States
A senior United States official has said that Chinese control of dams along the upper Mekong River has “harmed the livelihood of tens of millions of people in Southeast Asian communities up and down the Mekong region basin,” and encouraged the downstream countries to hold China accountable.The comments from David Stilwell, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific were made in an online news conference 15 September the week after the annual meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...
24 Aug 2020 Bangkok, Thailand
The Prime Minister of China has said that his country is willing to share more Mekong River water data with fellow members of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) organisation which consists of China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam."China is willing to offer more assistance within its capacity to other Lancang-Mekong countries for better utilizing water resources," Prime Minister Li Keqiang said in a 24 August video conference with leadership from the other organization members, Chinese state media reported...
11 Aug 2020 VIENTIANE, Laos
A newly released Situation Report from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) calls for improved data sharing among the riparian nations. “We call on the six Mekong countries to increase data and information sharing on their dam and water infrastructure operations in a transparent and speedy manner with the MRC...
17 Jun 2020 VIENTIANE, Laos
The Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) annual report, published 16 June, includes a noteworthy statement calling for increased transparency from China over upstream dam operations on the river. The Mekong is Southeast Asia's longest river and acts as a lifeline to 60 million people.Downtream Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam all suffered severe drought in 2019 as the river fell to record lows while upstream dams in China reportedly held "above-average natural flow”, withholding water and compounding the drought...
21 Apr 2020 BANGKOK
Thailand on Friday called for a joint study with China and neighboring countries to determine what caused a devastating drought in the Lower Mekong Basin last year, after a U.S.-funded report indicated that Chinese dams had restricted the flow of water downstream. The Mekong River Commission (MRC), a Lao-based inter-governmental organization, said Wednesday that the study released earlier this week by American firm Eyes on Earth did not prove that the withholding of water from 11 Chinese dams upstream had caused the drought.
25 Mar 2020 PHNOM PENH
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has launched a social media competition that calls on users to share messages that can inspire people to do more to protect rivers. The campaign, entitled Mekong 2030, was launched to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the MRC. “We are seeking entries that describe people’s dreams and visions of the kind of Mekong River they would like to have 10 years from now,” it said in a press release on Tuesday.