MRC to monitor Mekong flow with French support

The French Government granted EUR 1.5 million to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to monitor rainfall and river flow in order to better understand flow changes and the corresponding impacts on development projects.

New funding will continue to improve and expand its network for better river monitoring and management of water infrastructure along the mainstream and Mekong’s key tributaries.

The funding granted on May 17 is also a follow-up to two other grants of EUR 4 million from France for the first two phases of the hydro-meteorological network project. During the first phase (2007–2012), the MRC established a network of 49 hydro-meteorological stations along the Mekong and its tributaries to collect near-real time data of water level and rainfall every 15 minutes for flood forecasting and depth monitoring.

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