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.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leads the Sister Rivers Exchange program to promote the sharing of experiences between the Mississippi River Commission and the Mekong River Commission through with the aim of increasing regional stability and prosperity.
This program led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) built technical capacity across the Mekong region for integrated river planning and management to help ensure that energy development projects consider social and environmental considerations while improving energy security.
NexView, a partnership among the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Arizona State University, bolsters (MRC) efforts to promote good governance and transboundary cooperation by providing multidisciplinary decision support.
The Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) is a multi-partner platform established by the Friends of the Mekong for regional dialogue, capacity building, and training. SIP addresses three cross-cutting topics that are central to the Mekong River Basin’s development challenges: assessing the cumulative impact of infrastructure projects, incorporating socio-economic data in basin-level planning, and sharing critical water-related data and information necessary for science-based decision-making.
MWDI, launched in 2017, is a cooperative effort to manage and share water-related data to improve resource management of the Mekong River basin. MWDI enables officials to make informed choices about water resources management. The United States has worked closely with LMI countries, the Mekong River Commission (MRC), members of the Friends of the Lower Mekong, and the private, academic, and non-profit sectors to design and launch MekongWater.org, a clearinghouse for data and tools that will empower and inform LMI countries on water security issues, such as drought and flood monitoring. The platform incentivizes peer-to-peer connections among regional researchers and the U.S. scientific community.