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MRC and Australia reactivate Mekong cooperation

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Murray-Darling Basin Authority Chief Excecutive Mr. Phillip Glyde and MRC Secretariat CEO Dr. An Pich Hatda shake hand after signing the MOU in Canberra. MRC

The Mekong River Commission and Murray-Darling Basin Authority of Australia on Wednesday signed an MoU to reactivate a partnership on technical collaboration which had been in limbo over the past few years.

An MRC press release today said the agreement was signed between An Pich Hatda, its secretariat’s chief executive officer, and MDBA chief executive Phillip Glyde in Canberra.

The statement said the renewed MoU will see both parties collaborate on water planning, environmental monitoring and evaluation, drought and flood management, groundwater planning and management, climate change and uncertainty planning, and public and stakeholder engagement in the Mekong basin.

It noted that technical cooperation between the two basins dated back to 1996, a year after the MRC was established, with Australia being a strong supporter and funder in the partnership.

“But the cooperation has been silent in recent years due to institutional reforms,” the statement said.

“Indeed, the new MoU is based on the existing one, extending the same spirit of cooperation.”

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