Cool Pig Pads Help Prepare Northern Thailand Communities for Climate Change Impacts

Farmers in northern Thailand’s Hae Ko village are implementing a new pig housing system as a climate smart adaptation measure against anticipated increases in temperature from climate change. In this hill tribe community, raising pigs is integral to their food security and income, but higher temperatures can impact the productivity and health of their local…

Crop Diversification Bolsters Climate Change Resilience for Chiang Rai Hill Tribes

To help Lower Mekong Basin farmers adapt to climate change, USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (USAID Mekong ARCC) is partnering with International Union Conservation of Nature Thailand (IUCN Thailand) to identify and implement adaptation strategies in the under-resourced communities of Thailand.Community members in Hae Ko, in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai province, are…

USAID Introduces Innovative Teaching Method for Climate Change Curriculum

Participants from Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam gathered in Bangkok from February 2 to 6 to test a role play training activity focused on the Low Emission Land Use Planning module of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forest (USAID LEAF) climate change curriculum.Participants placed themselves in roles from communities…

Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong

The Friends of the Lower Mekong, a donor coordination group, came together with the countries of the Lower Mekong to discuss the connection between water resources, energy needs and food security.U.S. State Department Counselor Thomas Shannon and Ambassador David Thorne were representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),…

Seventh Lower Mekong Initiative Regional Working Group Meeting in Bangkok

Water, energy and food security challenges, as well as women’s empowerment and the promotion of gender equality, are among major issues raised for discussion at the Seventh Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Regional Working Group Meeting.The meeting took place at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel in Bangkok on 29 – 30 January 2015, and it was…

Extraordinary Friends of the Lower Mekong: Conference on Mekong Sustainability Summary of Joint Discussion

Extraordinary Friends of the Lower Mekong Conference on Mekong SustainabilitySummary of Joint DiscussionOn February 2-3, 2015, the Friends of the Lower Mekong (FLM) – representatives of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, the United States, the Asian Development Bank, Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Sweden, World…

FACT SHEET: Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong

Office of the SpokespersonWashington, DCOn February 2, Counselor Tom Shannon and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Ambassador David Thorne led a U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong in Pakse, Laos. This is the first time the Friends of the Lower Mekong, a donor coordination group, have come together…

USAID and the U.S. Forest Service Train Fire and Land Managers on Fire Emissions Estimation Techniques

USAID LEAF, the Thailand Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific brought together fire and land managers in Chiang Mai from January 27 to 29 for a training on simple and practical methods for estimating…

Interfaith Forest Blessing Ceremony Held in Thailand to Preserve Ecosystem Services Important to Climate Change Adaptation

Last week, Kok Klang villagers in Thailand’s Sakon Nakhon Province hosted a unique ceremony that brought Buddhist and Catholic clergy together to bless the forests around their village. The event acknowledged the community and local government’s support for the restoration and preservation of these forest ecosystems.The ceremony also launched a set of climate change adaptation…

Thailand Hosts Regional Meeting on Lower Mekong Initiative

Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting the 7th Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Regional Working Group Meeting to discuss cooperation in several areas, aiming at moving toward the ASEAN integration at year-end.Outcomes of the two-day meeting hosted by the Foreign Affairs Ministry will be used to review a draft of the Master Plan of Action…

Water Supply and Sanitation Assessments in Villages in Thailand and Laos to Inform Communities’ Climate Resilient Adaptation Measures

In late December 2014, the USAID Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change project (USAID Mekong ARCC) began water supply studies in communities in Sakon Nakhon, Thailand and Khammouan, Lao PDR to gain a better understanding of water sources and sanitation methods to inform community climate adaptation plans and measures.During previous fieldwork, these communities identified…

Mekong Countries Meet to Address Drivers of Deforestation

USAID LEAF and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations gathered representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam in Bangkok from January 20 to 21 to develop national action plans on drivers of deforestation and a decision support tool on forestry and climate change policy.Representatives from participating Mekong countries presented the results…