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Mekong Countries Share Data on Water Resources

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Transnational data sharing is a necessary element in the successful handling of water-related climate change issues, as it is a means of integrated water resources management. Since 2001, ministerial delegates of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) have adopted a set of procedural rules on multilateral data sharing among the four Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam known as the “Procedures for Data and Information Exchange and Sharing” (PDIES).

PDIES data sharing allows the MRC to provide real-time water level information and more accurate flood forecasting. But that’s not all. The Mekong Lancang Cooperation (MLC) also supports and enhances water data-sharing among the governments in the region.

In terms of the PDIES, 12 major groups of data will be broadly gathered and shared on water resources. These include topography, natural resources, agriculture, navigation and transport, flood management and mitigation, infrastructure, urbanization/industrialization, environment/ecology, administrative boundaries, socio-economy, and tourism.

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