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Action-research into local participation in environmental assessment for infrastructure and development projects

These are the final reports on action-research looking ar local participation in environmental assessment for infrastructure and development projects. These were produced from collaboration with the Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE).

1. Special Economic Zones in northeast Thailand: Integrating local knowledge as part of social and environmental safeguards produced by Local Act, Thailand. The policy briefing looks at the impacts on local community knowledge of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) being established in northeast Thailand. It provides recommendations for local knowledge about the area’s ecosystems to be re-cognised in order to alleviate the impacts of, and improve the social and environmental safeguards for, the SEZ. 

2. Rubber plantations, EIA and people’s participation in Vietnam: from policy to practice produced by Centre for Environment and Community Assets Development (CECAD), Vietnam. The policy briefing looks at the urgent need for the Government of Vietnam to reevaluate the suitability and effectiveness ofthe rubber plantation development plans innorthwest Vietnam.

3. Gender and EIA in public participation in Cambodia. This research draws on two case studies of hydropower dams in Cambodia, to look at EIA process for hydropower development, specifically on compensation and resettlement schemes. 

4.  Gender participation in the EIA process in Myanmar. This research looks at the newly developing EIA process in Myanmar and its implications for gender in these sites: the Upper Paunglaung hydropower project, the Myitsone hydropower project, Letpadaung copper mine and Thilawa Special Economic Zone.

5. Gender and public participation in EIAs: Regional synthesis. This report synthesizes the main findings from three research projects on gender and public participation in EIAs in Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, and offer guidelines for future action.

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