Project Description

Environmental Study of the Lancang-Mekong Development Plan (LMDP)

Donor / Partner: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)   |   Duration: 2016-2017  |  Location: Thailand, Lao PDR

About: Phase 1 of the Development Plan of International Navigation on the Lancang-Mekong River (LMDP) aims to improve navigation in the Mekong mainstream from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang. Projects include the development of three cargo ports at Xiengkok, Pak Beng and Luang Prabang in Laos; the improvement and maintenance of 146 rapids and shoals; and the construction of four emergency response and rescue ships and 1199 aids to navigation.

The environmental study aims to engage riparian communities, MRC member countries and local government in an exploration of the potential environmental impacts of the LMDP, and to support Mekong countries in ensuring that potential impacts of the LMDP are managed through appropriate enhancement and mitigation measures.

Implementation of the study includes:

  • Key issues for biodiversity and navigation development
  • Trends in the key issues without the LMDP
  • Impacts of the LMDP on each of these trends
  • Risks to be avoided or mitigated and benefits to be enhanced
Study findings and conclusions were presented at the MRC International Conference at Siem Reap, Cambodia in April 2018:

View presentations delivered at the first stakeholder workshop that took place at the 2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy:
– Project introduction and overview;
– Initial hydrology and sediment baseline;
– Fish biodiversity; and
– Bathymetric survey.

View ICEM’s photo album of selected features of the Mekong River from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang