Upcoming Events

Lower Mekong Policy Forum

on Energy, Agriculture, and Natural Resources 


December 7-8, 2017, Da Nang, Vietnam


The Lower Mekong Public Policy Initiative (LMPPI) is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and jointly managed by Fulbright University Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, and the Vietnam Program of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in the United States. It supports inter-disciplinary research, policy engagement, and capacity building on the environment, agriculture, and livelihoods across the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB). 


About the Event

The Forum is organized into three consecutive sessions. 


The first discusses the latest research on energy development and policy in the context of the expansion of hydropower generation throughout the LMB.  The opportunities and challenges for moving the region to a sustainable energy path through the development of alternative renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, and integrating distribution system will be examined as well.


The second session addresses the role of agriculture in accelerating the transformation of regional economies.  Particular attention is paid to the rice sector which plays a central role in Vietnam and Cambodia in meeting domestic market demand and generating export revenue.  Attention is also directed to the prospects of deepening the agricultural value chains by improving rural infrastructure, rationalizing production systems, and more efficiently using key resources, such as water.  


The third session focuses on the government policies required to sustainably manage natural resources throughout the LMB.  Researchers will provide insights on the difficulties encountered in the efficient and equitable use of key resources such as groundwater and ecosystem services and offer suggestions how policy makers can constructively respond.  The role of improved regulations and market-based pricing is discussed as means of reducing the over-exploitation of natural resources, especially as both competition for natural resources and the effects of Climate Change intensify.     


The Policy Forum, which is open to the public, includes panel discussions which encourage participants to share their experiences and discuss appropriate development policy for each country, and the region as a whole. 

Download: Agenda - LMPPI 2017 Policy Forum