Mekong River observation stations upgraded in Vietnam

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Twelve hydrological observation stations reopened following upgrades in Vietnam's Mekong Delta city of Can Tho Wednesday.

They were the first of 32 chosen for upgrades by the four Mekong River Commission (MRC) members -- Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam -- in some main parts of the river and Tonle Sap Lake.

It is aimed at establishing a reliable hydrological cycle observation system (HYCOS) for the region to collect and share near-real-time data on water resources in the basin to ensure water and food security.

The upgrade includes installation of automatic equipment for measuring water level and rainfall, a data storage platform, and a telemetric system for transmitting satellite data.

Under the project, national hydrological agencies have also benefited from training activities. 


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It is funded by the French Development Agency and the French Global Environment Facility which are providing 3 million euros (US$3.94 million), and provided scientific and technical expertise by the Institute of Development Research and French engineering company CNR.

The World Meteorological Organization is providing scientific backing.

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