MRC and China Renew Pact on Water Data Provision

The People's Republic of China has agreed to continue sharing hydrological data with the Mekong River Commission (Cambodia-Lao PDR-Thailand-Vietnam) which will contribute to better river monitoring and flood forecasting in the Mekong countries.

According to an MRC press release, the pact was reached this week as China and the MRC agreed to renew their agreement on the provision of hydrological information during the flood season.

The MRC Secretariat CEO Dr. An Pich Hatda and the Consul (Director-General level) of China's Ministry of Water Resources Dr. Yu Xingjun signed the agreement in China's capital city Beijing on July 17 in attendance of officials from both sides, as part of the CEO's two-day official visit to Beijing. The CEO also met with senior officials from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

China attaches great importance to the cooperation with MRC under the principle of friendly consultations and mutual benefit. We recognise that timely and reliable hydrological information in the flood season is crucial to effective and scientific decision-making in flood management and mitigation in the Mekong River, Dr. Yu said.

Over the last 16 years, during the five months of the flood season from June to October, China has shared with the MRC its water-level and rainfall data from two hydrological stations located on the Lancang � Mekong mainstream at Yunjinghong, and on a tributary at Manan.

The near real-time data provided by China has enabled the MRC member countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam to strengthen their river water-level monitoring and improve the accuracy of flood forecasting as well as mitigate the negative effects of flooding.

With the renewed cooperation, China agreed to maintain the same period and frequency of hydrological data sharing. The sharing takes place twice a day over five months, starting from June 1 until October 31, every year.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press