Mekong Partnership for the Environment
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.