Japanese gov’t helps fund Mekong forecasting system

Khmer Times

The Japanese government granted $2.9 million to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to help  implement its strategic plan to promote responsible development in the region.

“The new funding gets right to the heart of the challenges our region faces and will be facing in the future,” said An Pich Hatda, MRC Secretariat chief executive officer.

The new strategic plan, set to run until 2024, will help the MRC and its member countries monitor and assess the river’s environment to help adapt to prevailing changes.

Japan donated $3.9 million to the MRC last year to bolster the MRC’s flood and drought forecasting system.

“This additional funding should enable the MRC to provide more accurate and efficient river monitoring and forecasting services to the public and its member countries,” Japanese Ambassador to Laos Keizo Takewaka said.

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