The Mekong River Commission says it will establish a system to monitor water use
and provide information on development along the Tibet-sourced 4900-kilometer river
and its tributaries.
The commission, whose member countries are Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam-but
not China-said commission members will monitor use of water from the river's tributaries
and provide data on planned development projects, including environmental assessments.
"Tens of thousands" of dams, mostly in China and Thailand, divert water
from the Mekong for agricultural land irrigation and power generation, the commission
said - but the dams cause fluctuations in river water levels, upsetting the lives
of people living on the river.