Detail of GEF Project #615

GEF Project ID 615
IBRD PO ID 45864
Funding Source GEF Trust Fund
Project Name Mekong River Basin Water Utilization Project
Country Regional
Region Asia and the Pacific
Focal Area International Waters
Operational Program 8
PDF-B Approval Date 1997-02-05
Approval Date 1999-05-07
CEO Endorsement Date 1999-12-21
GEF Agency Approval Date 2000-02-03
Project Completion Date 2008-06-30
Project Status Project Closure
GEF Agency World Bank
Executing Agency Mekong River Commission
Description The Project would help the member states of the Mekong River Commission (MRC): Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, implement key elements of the 1995 Agreement on Cooperation for Sustainable Development of Mekong Basin (Agreement). The Project’s broad development objectives would be to assist the MRC to establish mechanisms to promote and improve coordinated and sustainable water management in the Basin, including reasonable and equitable water utilization and water quality management by the countries of the Basin and protection of sensitive ecological systems including wetlands, flooded forests and the estuary system that support globally significant bio-diversity. This would be achieved through preparation of “Rules” for water utilization (in particular, minimum in-stream flows on the Mekong River) and protocols for information exchange, notification/consultation in accordance with the Mekong Agreement. The Project would assist in the formulation and implementation of the Rules by facilitating consultations among the MRC-member states and helping the MRC develop a Basin Simulation Model Package and Knowledge Base.
Implementation Status The overall project implementation continues to be satisfactory. The project is completing its fifth year of implementation. It has achieved several remarkable achievements: (i) Development and completion of a Mekong Basin model and knowledge management system – Decision Support Framework (DSF); (ii) Official adoption by the four riparian countries in March 2004, when the MRC Joint-Committee (JC) approved the use of DSF as a planning tool for the MRC; (iii) Approval by the MRC Council of three implementation procedures relating to the Mekong Agreement; (iv) Introduction of an IBFM process to assess trade-offs of development scenario in relation to environment and eco-systems. All GEF legal requirements and WUP milestones have been met on schedule.
PDF B Amount
350,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
10,750,000 USD
GEF Grant
11,100,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
7,200,000 USD
Project Cost
18,300,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
11,000,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
5,300,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
16,650,000 USD
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