New partnership between SEI and Mekong River Commission (MRC)

Stockholm Environment Institute and Mekong River Commission (MRC) will sign an agreement to foster cooperation in addressing the Mekong Region's water and natural resource challenges.

21 March 2024 | 09:00 - 11:00
SEI Asia, Bangkok, Thailand

The Memorandum of Understanding, to be signed on 21st March, will facilitate collaboration between the two institutions: the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), one of the world’s premier think tanks, and the Mekong River Commission (MRC), an inter-governmental organization that works directly with the governments of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam to jointly manage the shared water resources and the sustainable development of the Mekong River.

The new Memorandum of Understanding paves the way for both parties to collaboratively leverage their expertise, capacities, and extensive networks to address the complex challenges of transboundary water management and effective climate change action.

The key areas of collaboration include engagement in relevant regional or international events to foster a spirit of collaborative learning and knowledge sharing; joint studies and projects in areas such as transboundary water cooperation, decision support tools, groundwater management, and early warning systems, among others; expertise exchange to enhance the quality and impact of their respective works; information and resource sharing to promote the integration of MRC’s and SEI’s products and services into the broader work of managing the Mekong Region’s resources sustainably.

The MOU represents a milestone in formally establishing a partnership with SEI after collaborating for years with SEI colleagues. The MRC will benefit from SEI’s research strength, and SEI can reach more policy impact through MRC’s platform.

said Dr. Anoulak Kittikhoun, Chief Executive Officer of the MRC Secretariat.

Through this partnership, SEI and MRC underscore the importance of shared knowledge, resources, and efforts in addressing the pressing environmental challenges facing the Mekong Region.

said Niall O’Connor, Centre Director of SEI’s Asia Centre.

“SEI’s high-quality scientific expertise in water and resource management will help drive this partnership towards the achievement of socially just and environmentally sustainable development in the Mekong Region,” he added.

The collaborative agreement will come into effect upon signing and remain in force until March 2029.


New partnership between SEI and Mekong River Commission (MRC)

Event date

Thursday 21 March 2024
09:00 - 11:00


SEI Asia, Bangkok, Thailand

This event is part of the following project

SUMERNET 4 All: Engaging with water insecurity in the Mekong Region



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Sustainable Mekong Research Network

Building research for policy towards sustainable development in the Mekong Region

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