The U.S. State Department launched the Mekong Water Data Initiative (MWDI) in 2017 as an umbrella initiative that consists of numerous efforts and programs with the goal of building the capacity of riparian countries and the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to improve the transboundary management of the Mekong River.  The MWDI aims to strengthen the capacity of Lower Mekong countries to collect, analyze, and manage water and water-related data (e.g., land, weather, socio-economic data) and information products for the purposes of reducing water-related risks, improving regional responses to environmental emergencies, and promoting sustainable economic development across the water, food, energy, and environment nexus. The United States worked closely with LMI countries, the MRC, the Friends of the Lower Mekong, and more than 60 private, academic, and non-profit stakeholders to design and launch MekongWater.org, a clearinghouse for data and tools to empower LMI countries and the MRC to sustainably manage their shared natural resources. The platform incentivizes peer-to-peer connections among regional researchers and the U.S. scientific community. 

Launch of the Mekong Dam Monitor (MDM)

Launched on December 15, 2020, the Mekong Dam Monitor (MDM) is the region's premier water monitoring tool. This monitor is open-source and freely available for users on the Mekong Water Data Initiative (MWDI) website - MekongWater.org. The Mekong Dam Monitor features virtual dam and reservoir gauges that use remote sensing, satellite imagery, and GIS analysis to provide weekly reports about environmental indicators in the Mekong Basin. The Stimson Center's Southeast Asia Program and Eyes on Earth, Inc. collaborative partnership developed the MDM with funding support from the Mekong-U.S. Partnership. This  publicly available  tool  will significantly expand  the water data available in the  region, putting information into the hands of the people who need it the most  so they can make informed  decisions affecting livelihoods  and regional  security.

July 14 Webinar: Fostering Solutions and Collaboration for a Sustainable Mekong River Delta

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…

LMI Annual Scientific Symposium

Yangon, Myanmar, December 12-13, 2019. Over 100 researchers and scientists from the U.S. and the five countries of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) – Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam – gathered for the LMI Young Scientist Program annual symposium in Yangon December 12-13. Forty young scientists from the five Lower Mekong countries presented their…

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