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France provides 1 million euro to support the expansion of a Mekong hydro-meteorological network and data application

(18:05:41 PM 18/12/2015)
(Tinmoitruong.vn) - Vientiane, Lao PDR, 18 December 2015—The French government today committed 1 million euro to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to strengthen its Mekong hydro-meteorological network, a near-real time river monitoring system for flood anddraught forecasting.

France provides 1 million euro to support the expansion of a Mekong hydro-meteorological network and data application

Pictured are Mr Philippe Steinmetz, Director of AFD, and Dr. Truong Hong Tien, Officer-in-Charge of MRC Scretariat during today’s signing ceremony.


The new fundingmade through the AgenceFrançaise deDéveloppement (AFD) is to support the expansion of the Mekong-Hydro Meteorological Cycle Observation System (Mekong-HYCOS) for more accurate flood and draught forecasting, and the application of its analytical hydrological data for other areas such as fisheries, agriculture and navigation.


“This grant will enable the MRC to continue to serve the Member Countries to provide timely meteorological data that is critical for flood and draught forecasting,” said Dr. Truong Hong Tien, Officer-in-Charge of MRC Secretariat. 


The new funding is a follow-up to another 3 million euro grant for the first phase of the hydro-meteorological network project (2007-2012). During the first phase, the MRC established the Mekong-HYCOS with a 49 hydro-meteorological stations along the Mekong and its tributaries to collect near-real time data of water level and rainfall in every 15 minutes and share them through the MRC database in Phnom Penhwith the Member Countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam for their own flood forecasting and river monitoring network. The data have been used by other users as well.


During the second phase of 2016-2017, the MRC plans to expand the network with eight additional stations along the mainstream and to improve the understanding of river dynamics and the application of data for other areas of water resources management.


France has been one of the key development partners of the MRC. It has granted so far about US$ 6.3 million for various projects.

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