MRC Launches Portal to Assess Mekong Health

AKP Phnom Penh, April 10, 2020 —

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) launched Thursday a platform that assembles, analyses and visualises data about the health and condition of the Mekong River.

In a statement released in Vientiane, Laos the inter-governmental agency said the portal was aimed at governments, development practitioners, the private sector, academics and citizens.

The portal covers hydrology, sediment, water quality, fisheries, ecological heath, climate change, flood and drought, the statement said.

“Accessible, easy-to-use and quality assured data can contribute to better planning and decision-making that leads to significant economic and societal benefits,” said Dr. Winai Wangpimool, Director of the Technical Support Division at the MRC Secretariat.

Dr Winai said the portal provided a platform for “transforming data into evidence-based stories on Mekong critical issues that offer the public with better information to shape policies and actions.”

The statement said the platform used data from the MRC and its four member countries – Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam – along with China.

At least 10,333 datasets are available including hydro-meteorological and climate time-series, spatial maps, atlases, photos and sectoral datasets.

The statement said data inventory and plotting were free, although access to raw data is guided by MRC procedures.

“Data requesters are required to complete a license agreement and pay a small data handling fee and a data fee,” the statement said. “All of these can be securely and easily done online.”

By Sao Da