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Contacts

Christy Owen

country director
cowen@pactworld.org

Christine de Guzman

program manager
cdeguzman@pactworld.org

Pact has worked in Thailand since 2006, creating lasting change by building the capacity of local institutions to improve people’s lives. Much of Pact’s efforts in Thailand have focused on improving HIV prevention and care services, people's livelihoods, and the management of natural resources.

Through USAID Green Invest Asia, Pact is supporting developing countries in Asia to achieve sustainable landscape-related climate mitigation goals as submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The project is catalyzing private sector finance to upscale and drive investments in agriculture, forestry and other land use toward low emissions, yet profitable business models. Learn more on the project's website.

Through USAID's predecessor project, Mekong Partnership for the Environment, Pact advanced socially and environmentally responsible development across the Lower Mekong region. With the Lower Mekong projected to receive billions of dollars in infrastructure investments in the coming years, MPE brought together governments, civil society and the private sector to support sustainable development.

Stories and Highlights

Fishers in the Mekong Delta depend on both aquaculture and capture fishery. Credit: David Bonnardeaux/Pact

New grants and fellowships aim to raise local voices from the Mekong region

August 26, 2021
It was a regular Wednesday morning in Bangkok. Pact’s Thailand staff, working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, kept an eye on the Zoom chat as the screen began to fill with faces. Participants...

Celebrating Southeast Asias forests and fields -- everyday

April 22, 2021
This story was originally published on USAID Green Invest Asia's website. See the original article here. By Christy Owen, Chief of Party
The Mekong River. (Credit: David Bonnardeaux/Pact)

The private sector must step up against climate change, and foreign aid is helping companies do it

April 22, 2021
Since the late 18th century, global economic development has increased exponentially, and with it the demand for fossil fuels to power these industrial revolutions. Burgeoning populations, in turn,...
Participants at a three-day SIP training event in Viet Nam in September.

Water management capacity building in the year of Covid-19

January 25, 2021
When the first Covid-19 cases were reported, the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership team was still closing out its biggest annual event, the Mekong Research Symposium in Hanoi, Vietnam. Almost...
Credit: Green Invest Asia

Private sector launches coconut industry's first sustainability charter

November 16, 2020
With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia, implemented by Pact, private sector leaders signed the coconut industry’s first global Sustainable...
Rain is critical at the start of the planting season in the Lower Mekong Basin.

Monitoring the Mekong drought

July 31, 2020
As part of the Mekong Water Data Initiative (MWDI), the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP)  is continuing its long-standing collaboration with Eyes on Earth in a new effort to provide near...
Mangroves in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, where Pact and USAID Green Invest Asia are helping timber producers to diversify and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo: Yohann Formont/GIA)

Building a better post-Covid-19 world with the private sector

June 4, 2020
Covid-19 has created one of the most widespread humanitarian and economic crises in recent history. Despite years of pandemic warnings issued, most governments, civil society, research institutions...

From data to knowledge: How Pact is working with Mekong partners to solve water policy problems

April 13, 2020
The Mekong River turned blue in the December-January dry season of 2019 and 2020. This postcard-pretty hue was not good news, however. The color change, from its regular muddy brown to a clear...

In Lao PDR, managing crucial groundwater resources is an international team effort

September 12, 2019
It’s a cloudy day in the late July rainy season in Savannakhet, a province in central Lao PDR that sits along the Mekong River and the Thai border. A group of men and women is gathered around a thick...

USAID Green Invest Asia

August 22, 2019
Commercial agriculture is responsible for 40 percent of Asia's deforestation. From 1990 to 2016, agricultural greenhouse gas emissions rose 37 percent in Southeast Asia; that's more than twice the...