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Christy Owen

country director
cowen@pactworld.org

Christine de Guzman

senior 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 the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership, Pact works with governments in the Lower Mekong region to build capacity for managing the impacts of environmental change. The program supports planners and policymakers in the use of technical and conceptual tools to better understand how pressures on land and water resources are affecting local populations. SIP provides training in applying cumulative impact assessment, enables collaboration for monitoring and managing socioeconomic data, and promotes sharing of data and information about water resources.

Through the Mekong Connections project, Pact is helping to build an engagement network of key stakeholders to foster transboundary collaboration and information-sharing among local voices on key policy challenges facing the Mekong region.

Stories and Highlights

‘How can I afford to not work on climate change?’ Pact’s Christy Owen fosters sustainability in Southeast Asia and beyond

March 7, 2022
Christy Owen began working on environmental issues a bit by accident when she took an entry-level project assistant job with a USAID-funded water program after college. In many ways, though, it was a...

Mekong Connections program works with civil society on forests, rivers, wildlife and health

March 3, 2022
The women came proudly dressed to Ban Hat Bai village that cool January morning. In their handwoven pha sin skirts and their cotton tops, some indigo-dyed, they were ready for the first day of a...
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...