Global Economics Monthly: A River Runs Through It: U.S.-Japan Environmental Cooperation
August 28, 2015
The Mekong River is often referred to as the lifeblood of Southeast Asia. It is where economics and environment come together in a region that is increasingly central to Asia’s security and prosperity. Flowing through six countries, the Mekong is a source of food, rice production, and hydropower for over 60 million people. Yet it is also a river under stress due to exponential population growth and insatiable energy demands. This has made it a testing ground for an increasingly important new area of U.S.-Japanese cooperation: environmental policy and sustainable development.