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Mekong River Basin Water Utilization Project

The Project would help the member states of the Mekong River Commission (MRC): Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, implement key elements of the 1995 Agreement on Cooperation for Sustainable Development of Mekong Basin (Agreement). The Project's broad development objectives would be to assist the MRC to establish mechanisms to promote and improve coordinated and sustainable water management in the Basin, including reasonable and equitable water utilization and water quality management by the countries of the Basin and protection of sensitive ecological systems including wetlands, flooded forests and the estuary system that support globally significant bio-diversity. This would be achieved through preparation of "Rules" for water utilization (in particular, minimum in-stream flows on the Mekong River) and protocols for information exchange, notification/consultation in accordance with the Mekong Agreement. The Project would assist in the formulation and implementation of the Rules by facilitating consultations among the MRC-member states and helping the MRC develop a Basin Simulation Model Package and Knowledge Base.

The project became effective in March 2000. Its Management Team at the Mekong River Commission has agreed an annual work plan with the four member countries. TORs for basin hydrological modeling have been prepared and country data assembled and reviewed. Reviews of relevant laws and institutional structures in each country are underway. Recruitment of technical specialists is at an advanced stage.

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General information
GEF ID 615
IBRD ID 45864
Project type Full-Size Project
Status closed (Project Closure)
Start Date 03 Feb 2000
End Date 30 Jun 2008
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project USD 10,750,000
Total Cost of the project: USD 17,950,000
YES - See results data (615)
Cambodia , Lao People's Democratic Republic , Thailand , Viet Nam , Regional

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WB)

Project contacts
Joern Kristensen Chief Executive Officer
Yoshiharu Kobayashi International Waters Senior Officer
Choomjet Karnjanakesorn Team Leader of the Water Utilization Program
Olivier Cogels CEO of the MRCS
Seree Damnernpiriyakul IT Officer MRCS