*16 November 2017, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR* – Yesterday, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) officials met to prepare for the 3rd Summit of prime ministers on 5 April 2018 in Siem Reap to be hosted by the Kingdom of Cambodia. A series of activities and deliverables are planned leading up to the Summit and included in the Annual Work Plan for the organization for next year.
China’s Mekong development plan have stirred debate as potentially becoming an environmental and social peril for downstream Mekong countries. China’s navigation channel improvement plan has recently attracted attention from environmentalists, activists, to the media alike. More so since mid of this year, when news[http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-silkroad-mekong/chinas-silk-road-push-in-thailand-may-founder-on-mekong-river-row-idUSKBN17Y2N9] reported waterway clearance by China was progressing into Thailand. The Bangkok post in several of its articles reported China’s rock-blasting plan would damage the Mekong 1, and most recently claimed ‘the environment will never be the same’.2
*Bangkok, Thailand, on 6 November 2017* – In order to amplify what the sister lakes of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap and Thailand’s Songkhla have learnt on community-based lake governance, the two sides agreed today on how and what to document in two upcoming papers they are preparing for policy development and implementation of better governance of the lakes.
The Pak Beng hydropower project is proposed on the Mekong mainstream in the northern territory of Lao PDR. The run-of-river project with capacity of 912 MW and the average annual generation of 4,775 GWh is expected to produce power for domestic supply and export. The dam is located between the Jinghong hydropower project in China and the Xayaburi hydropower project in Laos.
20th November 2014
to 22nd November 2014
, Siem Reap, Cambodia