MRC Hosts a Regional Forum on Lower Mekong Basin Development

More than 180 representatives from different interest groups have gathered at the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Regional Stakeholder Forum to discuss progress and provide views on two important works at the Lower Mekong Basin, said a press release of MRC.

During the two-day event (Feb. 22-23), all participants exchanged views on the Study on the Sustainable Development and Management of the Mekong River including impacts by mainstream hydropower projects, or Council Study, and the proposed Pak Beng Hydropower Project, it pointed out.

According to the same source, the forum was opened to all interested parties where views were shared openly and constructively. For the Council Study, participants jointly reviewed and provided recommendations on the design of the Study assessment method, tools and indicators.

The forum also provided a platform for Lao PRD to share what they plan to do with Pak Beng hydropower project and for participants from different stakeholder groups to document views and what needs to be considered in the prior consultation process to avoid, minimise and mitigate the negative impacts, especially the ones of transboundary nature.

MRC is the intergovernmental body responsible for cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose members include Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press