NEWS: Identifying and Addressing Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation Workshop

BANGKOK - From April 9-10, LEAF and the ASEAN Regional Knowledge Network on Forest and Climate Change (ARKN-FCC) held a workshop in Bangkok on “Identifying and Addressing Drivers of Deforestation and Forest Degradation”.  Twenty-three participants, including fourteen women, from ASEAN Member States and Papua New Guinea drafted a framework for a regional decision support tool…

NEWS: Mekong Greatly Challenged by Climate Change

A new study on Climate Change Impact and Adaptation in the Lower Mekong Basin has revealed that the effects of climate change in the basin are worse than the global average.Final results of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded study, that were released recently at a regional workshop in Bangkok, indicate that changes…

Joint Statement of LMI Third Regional Working Group Meeting: Phuket, Thailand (Sept 27-28, 2012)

On 27-28 September 2012, senior representatives of the Lower Mekong Basin countries, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the United States gathered in Phuket, Thailand, for the Third Regional Working Group Meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI).  Members of the six delegations reviewed progress on the LMI Plan of Action and…

NEWS: Mekong Region Facing Six Degree-Warming, Climate Extremes

BANGKOK - Temperatures in South-East Asia's Lower Mekong Basin are set to rise by up to three times the global average temperature increase, according to a USAID-funded study.Previous reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted that the basin would see increases in line with the global average of around two degrees Celsius.But according…

PRESS RELEASE: Climate Scientists Forecast Dramatic Changes in Food Crop, Fisheries, and Livestock Production in ASIA

Findings to inform strategies for adaptation to climate change and food securityBANGKOK - A team of scientists today released the results from a study on climate change in the Lower Mekong Basin. A major finding in the study  forecasts changes in temperature and rainfall altering the suitability for some important industrial and food crops in Cambodia,…

PRESS RELEASE: Lower Mekong Initiative Convenes Infrastructure Best Practices Exchange

HANOI - The U.S. Departments of State and Commerce and Vietnam Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Transport in collaboration with the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council hosted a Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Infrastructure Best Practices Exchange in Hanoi on January 14-15, 2013. The LMI Infrastructure Best Practices Exchange brought together senior U.S. and regional government officials and…

Photo: President Barack Obama in a Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Group Photo

President Barack Obama participates in a Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) group photo at the ASEAN Summit at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov 20, 2012.  Pictured, from left: Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra; Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung; Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia: President Barack Obama; President Thein Sein of Burma; and…

Fact Sheet: Lower Mekong Initiative Launches “Connect Mekong”

The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) is a multilateral partnership effort initiated by the United States in 2009 for promoting cooperation in the Mekong sub-region in the areas of education, health, environment and water, connectivity, agriculture and food security, and energy security. Over the past four years, LMI has implemented programs through a variety of interagency…

Joint Press Statement between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand and President Barack Obama of the United States of America met today at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, on the eve of the anniversary of 180 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and the United States of America to chart the way for a deeper bilateral strategic partnership…

Press Release: Lower Mekong Initiative Third Regional Working Group Meeting in Phuket Consolidates New Elements and Encourages Medium-term Planning for LMI Countries

Thailand hosted delegations from all LMI countries for the September 27-28 Regional Working Group meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI). The senior-level delegations comprised diplomats and officials from the participating nations, including representatives of such ministries/departments as foreign affairs, education, environment, public health, development, public works and transport, economic affairs, agriculture, labor, and energy.…

Press Releases: The 5th Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting and the 2nd Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Ministerial Meeting

On 13 July 2012, Mr. Arthayudh Srisamoot, Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended the 5th Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting and the 2nd Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) Meeting, on the sidelines of the 45th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in…

Fact Sheet: Lower Mekong Initiative Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy Dialogue

On July 12-13, the U.S. Government and the Royal Government of Cambodia convened the first-ever Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy Dialogue as part of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI). Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched the LMI with the foreign ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in 2009 to enhance cooperation among the…