Cabinet okays Mekong MOUs

The cabinet has approved two draft memorandums of understanding (MOU) that will set in motion the effective management of water resources for countries connected to the Mekong River, says the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR).

The MOUs will establish international cooperation under the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) framework where useful data on hydrology and precipitation over the Mekong River held by China will be shared with downstream countries.

China is where the trans-boundary river originates. The upper half of the Mekong River is also known as Lancang.

Somkiat Prajamwong, the ONWR secretary-general, said the data will be supplied to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, the countries where the river passes through.