Vietnam will be the first Mekong River Commission's (MRC) member country to receive a hydrological observation system next January under the Hydrological Cycle Observing System project (HYCOS).

The MRC and the country's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Nov. 23 discussed measures to ensure sustainable development in the river basin.

Established in 1995, the MRC is the only inter-governmental agency that works directly with the governments of Cambodia , Laos , Thailand and Vietnam on their common specific interests—joint management of shared water resources and sustainable development of the Mekong River .

HYCOS aims to establish an efficient, reliable and accurate hydrometeorological data collection and transmission system at basin level, while also strengthening relevant national and regional capacities. This information will be shared between the MRC's four member countries./.