TheMekong River watershed is one of the most productive and biodiverse in the world, with a freshwater fishery that supports the livelihoods of 60 million people. Unfortunately, the Mekong region is susceptible to the negative effects of climate change, which are aggravated by existing and proposed hydropower dams that restrict fish passage, and trap sediment and prevent it from replenishing areas downstream, particularly in the river’s delta.
The six-year Climate Resilient Mekong program helps Lower Mekong countries study the potential effects of dam construction and identify ways to mitigate the potential impacts on the Mekong River system. The program works to better inform the choices made by national governments, investors and hydropower customers with regard to the siting, design and operation of hydropower dams throughout the entire Mekong River system in order to maintain the flow of water, sediment and nutrients essential for sustaining the river’s exceptional biological productivity and allow for fish passage.
FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENTS OF PROJECT ALTERNATIVES
The Climate Resilient Mekong program promotes access to analytical tools that simulate hydrologic, geomorphic and biological processes throughout the river basin. It also helps build the capacity of Lower Mekong countries to use those models to evaluate optimal site location, design and operation of existing and future dams. The program focuses on biological “hotspots” in assessing how sediment reduction affects morphology, habitats, and biological productivity of the river. Additionally, the program conducts economic feasibility analyses for best alternatives and then broadly disseminates the results to inform future decisions on basin infrastructure.
TECHNICAL COLLABORATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING
The program works with the Mekong River Commission and other water resource authorities, governments, non-governmental organizations and technical research institutions, as well as hydropower investors and customers to create a U.S.-Lower Mekong technical partnership. The program seeks to complement and support existing initiatives implemented by these organizations as well as actions taken by the Lower Mekong countries themselves to address siting, design and operation of hydropower dams.
The program’s objective is to improve the capability of the Lower Mekong countries to coordinate decision-making on dam siting, design and operation in a manner that mitigates their adverse impacts. Ultimately, the program seeks to encourage Lower Mekong countries to implement best practices to reduce the combined effects of sediment disruption and climate change.
USAID’s primary partner for this program is The Natural Heritage Institute.
This solicitation is a re-issuance of the requirement for an Administrative Specialist, Executive Officer (EXO), USAID/RDMA under SOL-482-15-000023 that closed on August 31, 2015.
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Today, four new Thai “champions” against wildlife trafficking added their voices to a public campaign to help reduce the demand for wildlife products and put a halt to the illegal trade.
Gender lens investing is focused on using gender data points to see opportunity and mitigate risk for better investment decisions. These include making money available to enterprises owned by women, focusing on workplace equity and employment opportunities for women, and investing in products and services that benefit women and girls. These investments can achieve financial results as well as gender-equitable social change. In this report, USAID and Criterion Institute identify the leaders in finance and gender who are active in current activity, and committed to pursuing the vast opportunities to continue advancement of the field of gender lens investing in Asia.
Last updated: October 09, 2015