MissionObjectives The Mekong River Commission (MRC) member countries have agreed to cooperate in all fields of sustainable development, utilization, management and conservation of the water and related resources of the Mekong River Basin including, but not limited to irrigation, hydro-power, navigation, flood control, fisheries, timber floating, recreation and tourism, in a manner to optimize the multiple-use and mutual benefits of all riparians and to minimize the harmful effects that might result from natural occurrences and human-induced activities. Related to fisheries and fishery related issues, the MRC members have agreed to cooperate in fisheries management and to protect the environment, natural resources, aquatic life and conditions, and ecological balance of the Mekong River Basin from pollution or other harmful effects. Functions The MRC has developed a fisheries programme. The goal of this programme is to achieve coordinated and sustainable development, utilization, management and conservation of the fisheries of the Mekong River Basin and to aid the MRC member countries in implementing sustainable fisheries management and development at the local, national and regional levels.
The fisheries programme concentrates on knowledge generation, raising the awareness of fisheries in the Mekong and improving fisheries management, particularly promoting community involvement in management processes. It also has a strong emphasis on implementation, uptake and impact of fisheries information into planning and development decisions in the basin. The programme does research into capture fisheries, trains fisheries managers, promotes aquaculture of indigenous Mekong fish species and disseminates information to policy-makers and planners in the four Lower Mekong countries.
The MRC fisheries programme has four components:
MRC area of competence - Inland watersLegal framework The MRC was established on 5 April 1995 by the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin. The agreement brought a change of identity for the organization previously known as the Mekong Committee, which had been established in 1957 as the Committee for Coordination of Investigations of the Lower Mekong Basin - the Mekong Committee.
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http://www.mrcmekong.org/agreement_95/agreement_95.htm LanguagesEnglish, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese. Organizations involved ManagementPrincipal body The Council, which meets once a year, consists of one member from each country at ministerial or cabinet level. The functions of the Council are:
Activities related to fisheries. Publications A number of reports and publications are produced under the auspices of the MRC, mainly: technical publications, workshop proceedings, Mekong development series, MRC technical papers, management recommendation, basin reports, MRC strategic plans.
These publications (a large number related to fisheries) are available on the MRC Web site.
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