The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) is a multinational effort to foster integrated sub-regional cooperation and capacity building among Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Under the LMI Environment and Water Pillar, the United States is working with the LMI countries to develop a regional approach to sustainable environmental management and strengthen capacity to manage shared water resources. The pillar is co-chaired by Vietnam and the United States.
The LMI Environment and Water Pillar promotes dialogue and information exchange between LMI partner countries to encourage policies and programs that support the sound management of natural resources, with an emphasis on cross-cutting and transnational issues through:
1. Disaster Risk Reduction: understanding and mitigating the risks associated with water-related extreme events;
2. Water Security: increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation and improving the productivity of water (for food and energy) in a reliable and sustainable manner.
3. Natural Resources Conservation and Management: maintaining the integrity of ecosystem services and sustainable economic growth.