Jeremy Bird, the chief executive officer of the commission, said dams on the Mekong were an important concern for his organisation, adding that the commission had a "facilitation role" to play in the planning process. Critics claim the handling of plans for dams has been characterised by lack of transparency and a failure to consult with stakeholders.
In order to engage the public better, Bird said, the MRC is updating its communications strategy to include a detailed policy covering the disclosure of documents.
Of the eight dams planned for the lower Mekong, five are in Laos, two in Thailand and one in Cambodia.
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