U.S., Vietnam Discuss Drought and Salinity Management

The Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) and its partners launched the first Mekong Virtual Symposium today, focusing on issues of drought and salinity intrusion in the Mekong Delta. More than 200 participants registered for the one and a half-hour session online, which discussed ways in which the Mekong Delta in Vietnam—an important agricultural production area—can combat…

July 14 Webinar: Fostering Solutions and Collaboration for a Sustainable Mekong River Delta

Mark your calendars for July 14 from 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM EDT for the Fostering Solutions and Collaboration for a Sustainable Mekong River Delta webinar, where global and regional experts will discuss the threats to the Mekong River Delta including increasing saltwater intrusion and drought. The Mekong River is home to one of the most productive and biodiverse…

Drought and Dams: Climatologist’s Report Sparks calls for Data Sharing

A river monitoring report has sparked calls around the region for better data sharing on water use and dam operation on the Mekong. The report, by US-based climatologist Alan Basist and his team at the private consulting firm Eyes on Earth, suggests that the operation of hydropower dams in China may be contributing to downstream…

Monitoring the Quantity of Water Flowing Through the Upper Mekong Basin Under Natural (Unimpeded) Conditions

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LMI Annual Scientific Symposium

Yangon, Myanmar, December 12-13, 2019. Over 100 researchers and scientists from the U.S. and the five countries of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) – Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam – gathered for the LMI Young Scientist Program annual symposium in Yangon December 12-13. Forty young scientists from the five Lower Mekong countries presented their…

Mekong Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) Event Reports

2019 LMI Implementers Workshop Report (December 19, 2019)Download 2019 Mekong Research Symposium Report (December 16, 2019)Download Introduction to Groundwater Management: Lao PDR Training Report (July 22, 2019)Download Mekong Water Data Expert Meeting Report (April 4, 2019)Download LMI Water Data Roundtable Meeting Report (May 2, 2018)Download Stakeholder Engagement Workshop Report (May 26, 2017)Download

Mekong Research Symposium brings Data-Sharing Community Together

The Mekong Research Symposium (MRS) concluded today in Hanoi, after three days of discussions and demonstrations of tools for drought and flood predictions, water resource management, and resilience building. The event, organised by the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) as part of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) from 16-18 December, brought together 160 participants from around…

How will Thailand’s move to Renewable Energy affect its Neighbors?

Thailand’s latest Power Development Plan (PDP) outlines a shift towards a greater share of renewable energy from biomass, solar, and wind in its total energy mix.  Researchers are assessing the implications of this change. Today’s Bangkok workshop, organised by the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP), discussed how Thailand’s interest in solar, wind and other renewables could…

Managing the Cumulative Impacts of Hydropower Cascades

At least 13 hydropower dams are operating on the Mekong today: 11 on the Upper Mekong in China, and two on the Lower Mekong at Xayaburi and Don Sahong, both in Lao PDR.[1] Managing their cumulative impacts will require new levels of coordination—and a one-day dialogue in Bangkok aimed to set the ball rolling.  The Sustainable…

Mekong Analysts form Socio-Economic Data Expert Consortium

Large-scale dams and development projects affect fishers and farmers throughout the Lower Mekong Basin—but social and economic data about the impacts is often unavailable. To counter this issue, socio-economists from the Mekong region have formed a consortium to promote sharing of data on livelihoods and wellbeing, especially from ‘hotspots’ where traditional livelihoods have been affected. …

In Lao PDR, Managing Crucial Groundwater Resources is an International Team Effort

SAVANNAKHET, LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC It’s a cloudy day in the late July rainy season in Savannakhet, a province in central Lao PDR that sits along the Mekong River and the Thai border. A group of men and women is gathered around a thick blue pipe. One end connects to a thinner pipe that leads…

Lower Mekong Initiative 10th Anniversary

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