Thank you for visiting the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) website (www.lowermekong.org), which is managed by the U.S Department of State. The information provided on this web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) or the U.S. Government.
Your privacy and security are very important to us. Please be aware that this site does not collect personal information when you visit our website, unless you choose to provide that information. However, we do collect some technical information about your visit to lowermekong.org.
We would like to make you aware of a law that provides to you with certain rights concerning your personal information. This is described in the Privacy Act of 1974 (as amended by 5 U.S.C. 552a) governing Federal Records. This law concerns any information held in a Privacy Act System of Records (SOR) that can be retrieved by a personal identifier such as name, social security number, or other identifying number or symbol. An individual is entitled to access to his or her records and to request correction of these records if applicable. The Privacy Act prohibits disclosure of these records without the written consent of the individual(s) to whom the records pertain unless one of the twelve disclosure exceptions enumerated in the Act applies. The actual Act can be found at this
This is how we handle information about your visit to our website
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you visit lowermekong.org, we may store some or all of the following:
- the IP address from which you accessed our site
- the date and time
- the URL of the website from which you linked to our site
- the name of the file or words you searched for
- the pages you visited on our site
- the items clicked on a page
- the browser and operating system used
We do not collect or track any personal information through these processes. We use this information, in the aggregate, to make our website more useful to visitors – to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology used, to detect operational problems, and to improve the website’s overall security.
Information You Provide
You do not have to provide any personal information to view this website. You may choose to provide your contact information to the administrators of this site in order to register for events when invited or otherwise access certain content.
The administrators of this site will only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was provided, such as to respond to your message or to provide subscriptions you have chosen. In certain instances, your comment or suggestion may be forwarded to other points of contact if they are in the best position to respond to your message. Please do not share any personal information that you do not want made available to the public. The site administration is not responsible for how other participants may use your information.
When you voluntarily submit information, it constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the purpose stated. When you click the “Submit” button on any of the web forms found on the LMI website, you are indicating your voluntary consent to the use of the information you submit, for the stated purpose.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on this site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act (Title 18 U.S.C., Sections 1001 and 1030).
If monitoring reveals evidence of possible criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to law enforcement personnel.
Cookies are essentially tokens of information. There are two types of cookies: persistent cookies and session cookies. ‘Persistent cookies’ are essentially created and stored on your computer to make it easy for you to keep track of your movements within the site, help you resume where you left off, remember your registered login, theme selection, preferences, and other customization functions. On the other hand, ‘session cookies’ are small text files created temporarily in your browser’s subfolder and are deleted once you close your browser.
In general, our site uses typical session cookies only to make your visit from a page to another much easier. If you want to avoid such cookies, we encourage you to set your browser to notify you when cookies are being set and allow you to reject them. Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied freely unless identified as being subject to copyright protection. In return, we request only that this website be cited as the source of any information, photos, and images copied from this site and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer or author.
We strongly recommend that data be acquired directly from this website and not through other sources that may change the information in some way or exclude material crucial to the understanding of that information. While we make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, some information may change between site updates.
Disclaimer of Liability
Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, with the thousands of documents available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. We make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this website and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of www.lowermekong.org.
Neither the U.S. Government nor USAID assume any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein, nor freedom from computer virus; and do not represent that use of such information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
The information posted on lowermekong.org includes links to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. This site provides these links solely for our users’ information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving lowermekong.org and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website. The managers of this site:
- Do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website;
- Do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer;
- Cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website;
- Are not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites;
- Do not guarantee that outside websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.
We strongly recommend that you review the policies of any outside websites you visit from this site, since you will be subject to the privacy and security policies of those other sites, once you leave lowermekong.org.
The LMI Coordination Hub maintains a blog and profiles on Facebook and Twitter. We are present on these sites in order to tell the story of LMI to the American public and to host-country audiences. While we encourage joining our social media profiles, please remember that they are a public forum and any information provided will be visible to the public. Please do not include personal details such as your telephone number, email address, or any other personal information that you do not want available to the general public. Our presence on social media sites is not intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any third-party company or service provider.
Embedded Third-Party Content
The LMI Coordination Hub manages the overall content, design, and organization of this website and coordinates the release of information on the Internet.
The LMI Coordination Hub is committed to providing access to all individuals seeking information on lowermekong.org. To provide this information, this site has been built to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended). Section 508 requires that all individuals with disabilities (whether federal employees or members of the general public) have access to and use of information and data, comparable to that provided to individuals without disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, Braille reader, etc.) and have trouble accessing information on this site, please contact us with the nature of the problem, the URL (web address) of the information you tried to access, and your contact information. We will contact you as soon as possible, and do what we can to provide you with the information you need.
Accessing Documents in Different File Formats
Some documents on lowermekong.org are in Portable Document Format (PDF), so you can view publications in their original format regardless of the type of computer, browser, or operating system you use to access the Internet. In order to view, navigate through, and print PDF documents, you must first download the free Acrobat Reader software. For best results, you should install version 10.x or later. Visit the Adobe Reader Help and Support page for troubleshooting tips. If you use a screen reader, you may want to visit Adobe’s Reader accessibility page, which has a user’s guide for accessing PDF documents with assistive technology.
Verification of Content
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