Monday November 28, 2022

Khmer Times

Water and environment ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam have approved a redesigned network for collecting scientific data and tracking areas like hydrology, water quality, discharge, sediment, fisheries and ecological health across the Lower Mekong Basin.

In a statement released in Vientiane Monday, the secretariat of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said it had identified “various inefficiencies” in its core river monitoring network.

These included “a lack of regional and national network integration, leading to redundancies and indirect use of most monitoring data,” the statement said.

Other issues were concerns over human and technical capabilities, reliability and capacity of systems, the costs of updating equipment, and “ineffective alignment and integration” among monitoring stations.

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