Environment and Water Pillar


Activities under the LMI Environment and Water Pillar promote sustainable and equitable economic development in a manner that protects environmental goods and services.  Examples include:

  • Mekong River Commission (MRC) Fisheries and Adaptation Program:  This program will strengthen the capacity of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), the riparian government fisheries agencies, and research institutes to improve sustainable fisheries management, climate change adaptation, and rural livelihoods.  USAID assistance will promote an improved, science-based understanding of the status and trends in fisheries and aquaculture management; address fisheries and other trans-boundary impacts of major development programs, such as mainstream hydroelectric dams; and support regional and national dialogue on sustainable fisheries within a basin-wide Integrated Water Resource Management framework.  Visit the official MRC website for more information


  • SERVIR Lower Mekong:  SERVIR is a global program jointly supported by USAID and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  USAID plans to develop a new SERVIR Lower Mekong activity to enhance climate change adaptation and landscape management in the Lower Mekong sub-region through the increased application of geospatial analysis.  The program will support a locally-based, regionally-focused institution, which will become part of a global network of SERVIR hubs. Please visit the Sustainable Mekong Factsheet for more information. 


  • Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong (SIM): SIM provides LMI partner governments with rapidly deployable technical assistance from the U.S. Government’s premier scientists and engineers to promote climate-smart, environmentally sounds and socially equitable infrastructure, clean energy development, and land and/or water resources use.  For more information, please visit the Smart Infrastructure for the Mekong Factsheet.  LMI partner governments interested in requesting SIM technical advisory and support services please reference the SIM Menu of Services and Criteria, and the SIM Concept Note Submittal Form.