Sustainable Development in the Lower Mekong:
Prioritizing Environmental Security

Thursday, December 8, 2016
12 PM – 1:30 PM

US-Asia Institute
232 East Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20003

Light lunch will be served.

Please join us for a discussion on sustainable development in the Lower Mekong Delta region in Asia. The United States launched the Lower Mekong Initiative in 2009 with the foreign ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Burma in order to enhance cooperation in environment, health, education, and infrastructure development. Development mistakes such as the construction of upstream dams along with natural processes such as climate change and salination are drowning the resource-rich Mekong Delta. What are the effects of environmental degradation on long-term economic welfare of the countries in the region? How does it affect regional stability in the Asia Pacific?

Invited Panelists:
Jacob Levin
Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Courtney Weatherby
Policy Analyst, Stimson Center

James Borton
Senior Fellow, US-Asia Institute

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