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.

“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.

‘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.

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).

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.

"China takes an adaptive approach to dialogue": An interview about the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation with Prof. Lu Xing, Yunnan University

At the recently concluded "2016 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy" held in Bangkok, SUMERNET talked to Prof. Lu Xing, Institute of Southeast Asia Studies, Yunnan University to obtain his insights into the working of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Framework and China’s aspirations for greater dialogue and cooperation with downstream Mekong countries.

Mekong countries seek clean energy pathways for sustainability

The governments in the Mekong Region need to urgently embark on clean energy pathways if they want to achieve environmental sustainability. The critical issue of how the Mekong Region can embark on changes to energy systems and lifestyles was discussed by participants at a forum organised by SEI and SUMERNET at the China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Forum (CAECF) 2016 held in Nanning, China on 10 September 2016.

Improving transboundary governance between China and the Lower Mekong

Lower Mekong countries are seeking better cooperation with China amidst increased environmental concerns about upstream Mekong dams. A recent policy forum on Environment, Agriculture, and Livelihoods in Cambodia discussed ways forward for the relationship between the Lower Mekong countries and China.

Gender and social equity workshop to be held for SUMERNET partners

The workshop on gender and social equity to be held on 24 August in Bangkok will help SUMERNET partners develop a new gender and social equity research agenda for future SUMERNET projects.

Communicating for Influence: Policy and Media Writeshop to be held 24-25 August 2016

Communicating for Influence: Policy and Media Writeshop during 24-25 August 2016 will bring together SUMERNET and other researchers, policymakers and media to help researchers improve their writing and outreach skills to have influence and impact outside the academic world.