Last week the Swedish Government provided US$8.5 million to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to strengthen its management and develop water and related resources in the Mekong’s lower basin.
The money would support five of its programmes and institutional arrangements over a period of three-and-a-half years, an MRC press release said.
Sweden has been a long-term partner of the MRC, an inter-governmental body whose members include Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Viet Nam and is responsible for the sustainable management of the Mekong basin.
The majority of the $8.5 million will be used for MRC Programmes and activities Sweden has supported before.
They include the Basin Development Plan Programme, the Environment Programme, and the Fisheries Programme and institutional operations such as communications, stakeholder engagement, and decentralisation of the MRC’s core functions.