Conference promotes cooperation to protect Mekong River

A conference on how to enhance cooperation in protecting the Mekong River via smarter water energy planning approaches and wide application of renewable energy throughout the Mekong region was held in Hanoi on June 28.  The event was jointly organised by the Stimson Centre, the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) and the US Embassy in Vietnam.

The programme proposes promoting the purchase and sale of electricity between Vietnam and Laos, especially implementing the strategic master plan on water and energy in Vietnam and Laos; and changing the energy investment portfolio of both countries to minimise environmental, social and political impacts.

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