ECO-Asia Water and Governance
Lower Mekong Initiative
Second Regional Working Group Meeting
Vientiane, Lao PDR
November 7-8, 2011
The Mekong River is the world’s most productive freshwater fishery and the second most bio-diverse river after the Amazon. This unique and flourishing ecosystem is dependent on the rich sediment and nutrients carried by the river. Two decades ago, the Mekong River ran unimpeded from the Tibetan Plateau to the Mekong Delta into the South China Sea. Today, it is poised on the brink of massive hydropower development.
Vientiane, Lao PDR July 30, 2009
Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
November 1, 2010
On July 22, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Foreign Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam met in Hanoi, Vietnam within the framework of the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), to highlight the growing cooperation between the United States and the Lower Mekong countries in key areas of common concern.