When ministers from the four member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and donors meet in Luang Prabang, Laos this week, the future role of the agency will be on the table.
How the Mekong River Commission sees itself is not the way many others see it. (Photo from MRC website)
Questions about the effectiveness of the MRC, set up in 1995 to jointly manage sustainable development, have been raised by Laos' decision in November to go ahead with the US$3.5-billion (101 billion baht) Xayaburi dam.
The decision came despite concerns from member governments, environmental groups and donors about the dam's downstream impact on fish migration and sediment flows, which could affect two million people who are dependent on the river for their livelihoods.
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