The United States Department of State, in partnership with the East-West Center, will host a virtual Indo-Pacific Conference on Strengthening Transboundary Rivers Governance on October 15-16. The invitation-only conference brings together practitioners, experts, and national and civil society representatives to focus on Enhancing Transparency, Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement. This event includes sessions on "Transparency and Partnerships in Transboundary River Governance," "Negotiating Transboundary River Governance," "Stakeholder Engagement in Transboundary River Governance," and "Next Steps for Strengthening Governance of Transboundary Rivers." Assistant Secretary David Stilwell and U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Michael DeSombre will give opening and closing remarks, respectively.
The Mekong-U.S. Partnership expands cooperation between the United States and the countries of the Mekong region.
The United States and Mekong Partner countries released a Joint Statement on the launch of the Mekong-U.S. Partnership.
The United States and Japan released a Joint Statement on the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Japan-U.S.-Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP). This statement affirms the commitment promoting regional energy integration and market development and accelerate Mekong sub-regional infrastructure connectivity. It also highlights projects supported by JUMPP over the last year.
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…
Working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the LMI Nexus Futures Program advances sustainable economic development and reinforces regional integration in the Lower Mekong. Using an inclusive process with key stakeholders from Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam, the program works to create a water, food, energy, and environment nexus assessment of the 3S river system, a tributary of the Mekong including the Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong Rivers. The program builds capacities within the 3S system and shares results throughout the region of both the process and the data. Although current funding from OES has expired, Nexus Futures continues to partner and engage with LMI through the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership.
Managed in partnership with the USAID Regional Development Mission ASIA (USAID/RDMA), SIM is a demand-driven, government-to government technical assistance program that utilizes the science and engineering expertise of the U.S. Department of the Interior, International Technical Assistance Program to help LMI countries safeguard the environment from the negative effects of infrastructure development.
In 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched an effort to strengthen seed sectors, seed trade capacities, and rules- and science-based policy environments in LMI countries. Activities focus on promoting public-private partnerships and fostering harmonization of seed policies across the region by working with and strengthening the Asia and Pacific Seed Association.
U.S. technical assistance, in coordination with Japan, supports Mekong electricity regulatory and system development by working with national and regional market authorities on reliably integrating renewable energy, enhancing opportunities for regional power trade, and opportunities for private investment.
Since 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has promoted the sharing of experiences between the Mississippi River Commission and the Mekong River Commission through with the aim of increasing regional stability and prosperity, promoting collaboration, technical exchanges, and sharing of best practices for the sound management of transboundary water resources. Onward efforts will expand engagements to include dam safety and shared vision planning.
Launched in 2018 in support of the MWDI, this program led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) builds technical capacity across the Mekong region for integrated river planning and management to help ensure that energy development projects take into account social and environmental considerations while improving energy security. This program enables LMI nations to make holistic energy planning decisions that consider long-term impacts on communities and the environment.
NexView bolsters Mekong River Commission (MRC) efforts to promote good governance and transboundary cooperation by providing multidisciplinary decision support. NexView will be used by decision makers to identify synergies and assess tradeoffs for different development scenarios that take into account the nexus of the water, energy, food, and environment sectors. The NexView decision support model will be built in consultation with Mekong partners, showcased in the ASU Decision Theater and made publicly available through MekongWater.org.