Mekong Partnership for the Environment

Mekong Partnership for the Environment

Contacts

Christy Owen

MPE director
cowen@pactworld.org

For media or other inquires

As growth accelerates across the Mekong region, partnerships—across borders and sectors—are crucial for responsible development. Increasingly, new dams, mines, roads, industrial zones and other projects mean both benefits and risks for communities and countries throughout the region. Inclusive decision-making practices need to be strengthened. Governments need to provide proper oversight. Business needs to be a responsible partner. Information needs to be shared. And citizens' voices must be heard.

Impact is no longer just local. It is regional, and sometimes global, and partnerships are essential for sustainability and equity.

In 2013, USAID awarded Pact the Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) project, which supports constructive engagement among governments, business and civil society to ensure responsible development in countries the Lower Mekong sub-region. With a consortium of partners, we promote responsible investment and robust public participation through good Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) policy and practice.


MPE supports practices that facilitate socially and environmentally responsible development decision-making in Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. 

MPE's work includes:

  • Building a network of organizations and experts to promote best policies and practices in EIAs
  • Convening regional multi-stakeholder dialogs and establishing working groups to tackle responsible development issues
  • Facilitating networks, workshops and events to build the capacity of civil society, governments and media
  • Filling research gaps with some of the region’s best researchers and institutions
  • Enhancing news, data and mapping websites and other channels to help people understand the impacts of development decisions

To apply for grants for civil society activities or research, visit the procurements section above.

To sign up for MPE's quarterly newsletter and read past issues, go here.

To learn more about the Mekong Matters Journalism Network, supported by MPE, visit the Earth Journalism Network.

 

Stories and Highlights

In Cambodia, a mining company & an indigenous village are working together for better development

November 28, 2016
In Peak Village, Pact and a local NGO are helping to build a new, collaborate approach.

With Pact’s support, Cambodian banks commit to developing sustainable financing principles

September 27, 2016
The Association of Banks in Cambodia (ABC) has taken its first major step toward sustainable lending practices by committing to develop sustainable finance principles and integrate environmental and...

World leaders pledge support for responsible growth in Mekong region

August 17, 2015
At a meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative in Malaysia this month, leaders from six nations agreed that as the region transforms, short-term growth must not come at the expense of long-term...

Mekong government, civil society support strong EIAs

December 5, 2014
Government and civil society representatives highlighted the need for strong and inclusive environmental impact assessment (EIA) policies and practices in the Mekong region at a meeting this week in...