Ecosystem services for local development

Analyzing human use and natural resources in wetlands of Cambodia and Vietnam

This research project, which is seeking to understand and map how humans and animals are connected to wetlands in the Mekong River Basin, has commenced key activities in pilot wetlands of Cambodia and Vietnam.


Understanding, classifying and mapping human use and natural resources in pilot wetlands of Cambodia and Vietnam to promote sustainable development (Collaborative study of small wetlands)

This research project seeks to define how people, fish, birds and wetlands are connected in the Mekong River Basin. Fish and birds utilize wetlands and are crucial to the overall richness of biological diversity in the Mekong Region. People also benefit greatly from wetland resources, but these uses cannot be incorporated into sustainable use plans unless they are understood and mapped.


Recovering and valuing wetland agro-ecological systems and local knowledge for water security and community resilience in the Mekong Region (Recover)

The Mekong Region contains a great diversity of wetland agro-ecological systems that provide a wide range of functions and support important social, economic and cultural values. Economic and social transformations have affected the extent and quality of wetland agro-ecological systems, including due to water infrastructure development and agriculture intensification. This research project aims to generate knowledge that will enable/improve the process of recovery of wetland agro-ecological (affected by development projects) through Participatory Action Research and pilot projects.


“Ayeyarwady Futures Partnership” highlighted at Myanmar’s World Water Day celebrations

At Myanmar's celebration of World Water Day 2015, SEI's Asia Centre presented highlights from the Ayeyarwady Futures Partnership (AFP) including achievements from the first year of implementation of the program.


A feasibility study on payment for forest environmental services in Cambodia

The study conducted a feasibility study on payment for forest environmental services in Cambodia, combining quantitative and qualitative data sources. Literature reviews and interviews were conducted to determine conditions required for payment for ecosystem service success, and focus groups discussion and household surveys were employed to capture villagers’ behaviors in forest management and payment for forest environmental services.


Social, economic and environmental effects of the pilot program on the payment for forest environmental services in Lam Dong province

Chi trả dịch vụ môi trường rừng (DVMTR) là cách tiếp cận mới nhằm bảo tồn rừng đã được áp dụng rộng rãi ở các nước phát triển cũng như các nước đang phát triển. Ở Việt Nam, chính sách chi trả DVMTR được áp dụng thí điểm ở Lâm Đồng và Sơn La từ cuối năm 2008. Bài báo này nghiên cứu ảnh hưởng kinh tế, xã hội và môi trường của chương trình chi trả DVMTR áp dụng thí điểm ở Lâm Đồng qua 2 năm 2009-2010, từ đó đề xuất các kiến nghị góp phần nâng cao hiệu quả của chương trình. Kết quả nghiên cứu cho thấy chương trình đã góp phần làm tăng thu nhập hộ gia đình tham gia.