Mekong River Commission promotes responsible water resources management, development

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is working to promote the maximization of the potential benefits of hydropower and other water-related development projects while minimising the harmful impact on the environment and millions of people living along this Southeast Asia’s largest river.

The MRC launched two sets of guidelines for developers to make their projects more sustainable — the Preliminary Design Guidance for Proposed Mainstream Dams (known as the PDG) and the Guidelines for Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment, an MRC press release said.

“The four MRC members are well aware of the growing challenges facing the Mekong River as it is undergoing tremendous transformations,” Xinhua news agency quoted Anoulak Kittikhoun, CEO of the MRC Secretariat, during the launch ceremony in Lao capital Vientiane, as saying.

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