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Mekong countries launch hydropower consultation


September 26, 2008

Mekong countries launch hydropower consultation
Countries along the Mekong River launched a consultation meeting for the regional Mekong Hydropower Program platform Thursday, aiming to shape a way for the river's future hydropower development, Chinse news agency Xinhua reported.

All the four member countries of the hosting Mekong River Commission (MRC), Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and MRC's dialogue partner China and other countries' observers, will discuss during the three-day meeting for achieving a future dialogue mode on important aspects of hydropower development that require an integrated basin perspective.

The MRC's Hydropower Program aims to co-operate and promote sustainable development, utilization, management and conservation of water and related resources of the Mekong River Basin in an integrated approach for the economic and social well-being of the people in the riparian countries.

The MRC approved its Hydropower Strategy in 2001 and drafted a Concept Note for its Hydropower Program in 2005. These documents were a comprehensive attempt to interpret emerging international good practice and lay out what it meant for the Mekong region, and identify strategic work areas and possible components of the program.

After the three-day consultation, representatives will pay a visit to the Theun Hinhoun Hydropower Scheme in Lao's Khammuan Province.

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