Sumernet

Mekong

Adapting to multiple and uncertain changes in the Mekong Region: Strategies for today and a +4C world

The development of the Mekong Region, and in particular its water and land resources, will occur in the context of multiple, profound and uncertain changes. SUMERNET is initiating a “regional assessment” to interpret the multiple potential changes in the context of sustainable development of the Mekong Region.

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“Bridging science and policy in the Mekong Region”

SUMERNET researchers shared their perspectives at a panel on “Bridging Science and Policy in the Mekong Region” during the seminar held to commemorate SEI Asia’s 10th Anniversary on 17th November in Bangkok. Other participants included Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Chulalongkorn University and other institutions.

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SUMERNET policy forum on water insecurity on 9th November

SUMERNET will hold its "Policy Forum" on 9th November in Bangkok will bring together policy actors and researchers to discuss water insecurity topics in the Mekong Region.

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SUMERNET Media Workshop in Yangon, 25-27 Sept: Call for applications

Applications are invited from journalists for the SUMERNET media workshop: “Communicating on climate change and water insecurity: Mekong and Ayeyarwady/Chindwin River Basins” in Yangon, Myanmar, 25-27 September 2017.

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Abdus Salam

Dr. Abdul Salam is currently serving as an Associate Professor at Department of Energy Environment and Climate Change, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Salam has around 25 years of international experience in research, consultancy and capacity building in the areas of bioenergy (biomass, biofuel, biogas), waste to energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, climate change mitigation, and water-energy-food nexus.

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Francesca Franzetti

I am an enthusiastic, recent graduate in Development, Environment and Cooperation with a specialisation in Environmental Economics and Policy. I previously interned at the Stockholm Environment Institute – Asia Centre in Bangkok, contributing to a Regional Assessment led by SEI under the Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) on water scarcity issues arising from seasonal drought, inter-annual climate variability and climate change.

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‘Useful’ research and policy development: Social forestry in ASEAN

The objective of the 6th CSO Forum on Social Forestry was to continue being the platform to discuss, distil, consolidate, and elevate messages and learnings of CSOs and smallholders on Social Forestry, Climate Change and related topics and develop concrete recommendations to be endorsed to the ASEAN Working Group on Social Forestry. Dr Nguon was invited as a speaker for the session on “Sharing on Lessons and Experience on how to Engage Regional Actors and Institutions”. This capacity building session aimed to draw experiences, lessons, and opportunities in engaging regional actors and institutions in securing forest rights and livelihoods. Using experiences from the SUMERNET supported research, Dr. Nguon outlined the detail of stakeholder engagement processes, its challenges and suggestions.

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

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

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The proposed Pak Beng dam in Lao PDR: Is the “transboundary impact assessment” adequate?

The 1st Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Pak Beng Hydropower Project organized by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) last month debated whether the transboundary social and environmental impact assessment done for the proposed Pak Beng dam is adequate given the serious environmental and social concerns surrounding this mainstream Mekong dam.

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