Vientiane, Laos, February 19 – 21, 2019
An expert group meeting on environmental management, organized by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre (UCC College, Cork), was held in Vientiane, Laos from 19-21 February 2019. Regional experts from the four member countries Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam gathered with experts from the UN Environment GEMS/Water Programme to discuss the 2017 Regional Water Quality Report of the Mekong River. Prof. Deborah Chapman and her colleague Katelyn Grant from the GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, together with Dmytro Lisniak from the GEMS/Water Data Centre of the ICWRGC, elaborated on approaches on water quality monitoring, data management and data analysis. In this process, several topics were identified that will be addressed during specific training workshops in the future.