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Mekong Summit aims to revive regional cooperation amidst increased water demands and unpredictable weather

(20:50:52 PM 20/03/2014)
(Tinmoitruong.vn) - Mekong Prime Ministers will meet at the 2nd Mekong River Commission (MRC) Summit in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, on April 5th to reinvigorate transboundary cooperation and discuss challenges as the region faces an increased demand for water, energy and food in a changing climate.

 

Rapid development in the Mekong region, including tributary and mainstream hydropower projects, planned water diversion for increased irrigation, navigation and aquaculture, has implications on food and water supplies. Sea level rises have brought about salt water intrusion that has affected food production. Meanwhile, unusually high rainfall last year resulted in unprecedented fluctuations of water levels and flows.
 
The Summit will seek the political will of the national leaders of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, the four MRC member states, to work together to overcome constraints and challenges in sustainable development of the Mekong River Basin. It will be attended by relevant ministers and senior government officials from the MRC Countries as well as representatives from China,Myanmar, donor governments, regional and international organisations.
 
More than 250 international water experts, stakeholders, delegates from the MRC Member Countries, China, Myanmar and donor governments will meet at the pre-Summit International Conference on April 2nd -3rd to discuss relevant international and regional issues such as the effects of sea level rises on food production in the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam, the effects of the Lancang cascade reservoirs on downstream countries, and cooperation between China and the MRC Member Countries.
 
The Summit and the International Conference are open to bona fide journalists and photographers. Members of the media based in Viet Nam intending to cover the two events are encouraged to register online by 28 March 2014 at http://www.mrcsummit.org/media-registration.html Foreign journalists wishing to enter Viet Nam to cover the events are required to register by 21 March 2014. A press entry application is still required for journalists from countries whose nationals have visa exemption to enter Viet Nam.

The two events will be held at the Rex Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. The media centre, located in the Tulip Room on the first floor, is available from 2-5 April 2014. For more  information please visit: www.mrcsummit.org and www.mrcmekong.org.

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