Representatives from the Mekong countries, including Cambodia, and hydropower developers and consultants met in Vientiane, Laos this week to discuss guidelines for mitigating environmental impacts and managing risks from hydropower projects in the lower Mekong basin (LMB).
According to a press release of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), among many key elements of the guidelines discussed at the meeting are measures to mitigate impacts on hydrology, water quality, sediment, fisheries and aquatic ecology, and river geomorphology.
These guidelines will be a valuable tool to improve the effectiveness of the assessment processes and address potential transboundary impacts of existing and proposed hydropower projects on the environment, fisheries and people livelihoods, said Mr. Pham Tuan Phan, Commission Chief Executive Officer.
The guidelines will be available at the end of March this year. It will provide measures, best practice and the most recent impact mitigation approaches for the sustainable development of hydropower in the LMB.
The MRC is an intergovernmental organisation for regional dialogue and cooperation in the lower Mekong river basin, established in 1995 based on the Mekong Agreement between Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. The organisation serves as a regional platform for water diplomacy as well as a knowledge hub of water resources management for the sustainable development of the region.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press