The pace of economic development, trade and urbanization in the last two decades has placed enormous pressure on the land and water resources shared by almost 250 million people in the five countries of the Lower Mekong region. The Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) works with governments, planners and policymakers around the region to understand how these changes affect people in different ways, for example, in reduced fishery yields, increased salinity, and groundwater depletion. Such impacts flow across borders—so, solutions must be developed in partnership with all countries affected.

SIP is implemented by Pact as part of the Mekong-US Partnership to promote the stability, peace, prosperity, and sustainable development of the Mekong sub-region through cooperation among the Mekong partner countries and the United States. The Mekong-US partnership builds on the work of the earlier Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), an international partnership initiated by the United States, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam in 2009.
SIP works in collaboration with government agencies within and beyond the Lower Mekong region build capacity to apply technical and conceptual tools for monitoring, forecasting and planning. We provide training and capacity building for:

Applying cumulative impact assessment
Monitoring and managing socioeconomic data
Sharing data and information about water resources

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CUMULATIVE IMPACT ASSESSMENT is a widely-used risk assessment and planning tool. SIP organizes training events and related forums to promote the use of this science-based, multisectoral approach in water resource management. In 2018, we held a training course on applying this approach to assessing energy-related infrastructure projects, for 30 government and academic staff from Mekong countries. In 2019, we organized a multi-stakeholder dialogue on Mekong hydropower cascade management, and a regional scenario exercise workshop on Lower Mekong Renewable Energy and Hydropower Trade. More than 200 participants from government agencies and academia have taken part in these events.

Download the brochure to learn more about Cumulative Impact Assessment
Download the brochure on Mekong cascade hydropower management
SOCIO-ECONOMIC DATA is needed for assessing the impacts of large-scale water-related infrastructure, climate conditions, and land-use change. Our capacity building program is supporting countries in the region to cooperate in understanding the transboundary impacts of change and how these affect local communities across the region. In 2019, SIP, with 25 partners from Lower Mekong government agencies, organizations and academia, formed the Mekong Socio-economic Data Expert Consortium. The consortium will provide technical guidance and develop a standard field survey and methods for monitoring and analyzing the socio-economic impacts of water-related infrastructure development on the Mekong, Ayeyarwady and other river basins. This work complements initiatives by the Mekong River Commission, national agencies, and project developers to research and share water-related socio-economic data for planning and impact assessment.

Download the brochure about socio-economic data management
Download the brochure about needs assessment for data tools and technologies
THE MEKONG WATER DATA INITIATIVE (MWDI), auspiced by the Lower Mekong Initiative and facilitated by SIP, is building an open ecosystem of data tackling the region’s most pressing water-related challenges. With more than 60 partner institutions, the MWDI promotes access to data, peer-to-peer exchange, and collaboration. MWDI’s Mekongwater.org site acts as a clearinghouse for water-related data resources, services and tools, in which data custodians retain ownership of their data and determine the terms of access.

SIP is facilitating training in data-sharing technologies for government officials, professionals and stakeholders from the Lower Mekong region. 

Download the brochure about data-sharing through the mekongwater.org platform
Download the brochure to learn more about our support for telemetry systems


Megan Sullivan
Manager Of Programs
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