France aids Mekong River monitoring program

VN Express

The program is to better serve river monitoring and management of water infrastructure project operations along the mainstream and key tributaries of the Mekong.

The Mekong River, which flows through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, is the lifeblood of millions of people who depend on the river for their livelihoods. But as development accelerates and climate change intensifies, insufficient data and information on water infrastructure in the basin and the way this infrastructure is operated have made it difficult to forecast the impacts.

The funding, made available through the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), will span four years from 2021 to 2025, the MRC said in a statement.

It aims at increasing the ability of the MRC and its member countries, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, to monitor rainfall and river flow in order to better understand flow changes and corresponding impacts of development projects and climate change on riverine communities and the environment, especially water quality, sediment, and fisheries.

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