10th Ministerial Meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative: Joint Statement

  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE August 6, 2017 10th Ministerial Meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative: Joint Statement Following is the text of a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the 10th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial Meeting: Begin text:   On August 6, 2017, the…

Connecting the Mekong Through Education and Training (COMET) Fact Sheet

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Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Senior Officials’ Meeting

EAP Assistant Secretary Danny Russel meets with LMI Senior Officials in Luang Prabang, May 2016

USAID COMET Announces Partnership with Universities, Industry, for Better Job Skills in Lower Mekong

BANGKOK, March 25, 2016 — Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new partnership with 12 leading universities and vocational institutions in the Lower Mekong sub-region to empower students with essential skills to thrive in the workplace.Selected as part of a competitive USAID Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training (USAID…

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts public participation workshop in Laos

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in collaboration with the Government of Laos Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), invited participants to attend a workshop delivered by experts from the USACE Institute for Water Resources on public participation, collaboration and conflict transformation in Vientiane, February 23 – 25, 2016. The workshop focused on the…

Lower Mekong Initative Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange

Lower Mekong River Nations Participate in Disaster Relief Exercise and Exchange in Laos By Sgt. 1st Class Kevin P. Bell Vientiane, Laos PDR (Sept. 25, 2015) – The scenario is a familiar one in Southeast Asia, a typhoon is sweeping across the area causing massive flooding, particularly along the Mekong River and its tributaries in…

ASEAN Education Officials Approve the Signature LMI Project COMET

The ASEAN Senior Officials on Education (SOM-ED) endorsed the USAID-managed Connecting the Mekong through Education and Training (COMET) program after USAID gave a presentation on the project during their regular meeting on April 24 in Hanoi. As the first LMI signature project to be endorsed by ASEAN, this support will further LMI-ASEAN cooperation on shared…

USAID MPE and PFAN-Asia Make the Business Case for Environmental, Social and Governance Principles

With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA), the Mekong Partnership for the Environment and Private Financing Advisory Network (USAID PFAN-Asia) brought together over 40 non-government organizations, civil society and private sector representatives in the Mekong region to learn about emerging international trends in sustainable investment and environmental,…

Lower Mekong Civil Society Organizations Improve Equitable Facilitation Skills

Nineteen representatives from civil society organizations working with local communities on forests and climate change issues in the Lower Mekong region gathered this week in Bangkok for a third capacity development workshop as part of a series of training events organized by the USAID Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong program.Participants practiced skills…

New Report Compares Payments for Environmental Services in Greater Mekong Region

With support from USAID, the Center for International Forestry Research recently published the “Regional Synthesis of Payments for Environmental Services (PES) in the Greater Mekong Region.” The report combined studies on PES schemes in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam to compare the various schemes and assess their current statuses, implementation processes and lessons learned.The paper…

USAID Mekong ARCC to Improve Water Security and Management for Women of Khammouane Villages

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) project is working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature Lao PDR and local authorities to improve water storage and distribution for villages in Khammouane Province, Lao PDR.Water engineers in villages in Done Keo and other target villages…

USAID Grants Support Lower Mekong Civil Society Organizations to Improve Forest Equity

This month, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong Program (USAID GREEN Mekong) released a second round of awards under its Challenge Fund to civil society organizations from the Lower Mekong region. The grants provide winners with the opportunity to advance the promotion of equitable and inclusive forest…