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:

  • Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking (ARREST):  This five-year (2011–2016) USAID program combats illegal wildlife trade in Asia by reducing consumer demand, strengthening law enforcement capacities, and building regional cooperation and anti-wildlife trafficking networks, including the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network. Visit the ARREST program website to find out more.
  • Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF):  Initiated in 2011, this five-year (2011 – 2016), USAID program reduces deforestation and forest degradation by strengthening capacity to manage forest resources; improving policies for sustainable management; demonstrating sustainable land management practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and strengthening regional learning networks. For more information, visit the LEAF program website
  • The Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong (GREEN Mekong) Program:  GREEN Mekong Program is a three-year (2013 – 2015), USAID program engaging policy makers, civil society organizations and grassroots stakeholders in capacity building in forest-based climate change mitigation. Visit the GREEN Mekong Program website to find out more.
  • Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (Mekong ARCC):  Mekong ARCC is a five-year program (2011-2016) funded by USAID that focuses on identifying the environmental, economic and social effects of climate change in the Lower Mekong sub-region.  Mekong ARCC assists highly exposed and vulnerable rural populations in ecologically sensitive areas to increase their ability to adapt to climate change impacts on water resources, agricultural systems, biodiversity, ecosystems, and livelihood options. Visit the Mekong ARCC program website to find out more. 
  • Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE)The MPE program advances informed multi-stakeholder dialogues on the anticipated social and environmental costs and benefits of regional development projects in the Lower Mekong sub-region.  By strengthening technical capacity and networking of regional stakeholders in infrastructure planning and investment, MPE aims to increase the social and environmental soundness of development programs in the sub-region.  For more information, please see the Sustainable Mekong Factsheet
  • 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. 
  • Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER):  PEER is a global USAID competitive grants program that supports research partnerships between developing country scientists and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded collaborators.  Through PEER, USAID has supported eight research projects in the Lower Mekong, and researchers in all five Lower Mekong countries.   Projects span a range of topics including biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, and water resource sustainability. Please visit the global PEER 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.