Recently “Capacity Building Workshop for Lancang-Mekong Water Quality Monitoring and Consultation on Lancang-Mekong Environmental Cooperation Strategies” hosted by China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Center has been held in Beijing, China. The workshops aims to implement leaders’ initiative of building Lancang-Mekong Environmental Cooperation Center and the early harvest list of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation by sharing experiences of water quality monitoring standards, management systems and practices and discussing the Lancang-Mekong environmental strategies.
The workshop has provided the platform for the participants to share, discuss of water quality monitoring standards and management frameworks six countries in the Mekong River Basin, including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China. The workshop also discussed issues related to water management for Lancang-Mekong and consulted participants for prospects and priorities areas of Lancang-Mekong Environmental cooperation strategies.
Vietnamese delegation including three members from Vietnam Mekong Commission Office, Department of International Cooperation and Department of Water Resources Management attended the workshop. The delegation introduced water quality monitoring standards and management, practices and cases of water quality monitoring in Vietnam as well as shared experiences and ideas on how to promote Lancang-Mekong environmental cooperation.
The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Framework was first proposed in November 2014 at the China-ASEAN Summit in Myanmar, encouraged by Thailand’s 2012 initiative on a closer cooperation mechanism among the Mekong sub-region countries, aiming at “building a community of shared future of peace and prosperity” in the basin. Although the Mekong River Commission is not a party to the LMC Framework at this stage, all the members of the MRC participate in the Framework.