Environmental Change, Agricultural Sustainability, and Economic Development in the Lower Mekong Basin conference

Call for Papers for GRI sponsored conference

Environmental Change, Agricultural Sustainability, and Economic Development in the Lower Mekong Basin

Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

March 16-18, 2017

This conference will focus on the environmental challenges, especially climate change, to agricultural sustainability in the Lower Mekong Basin of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, with special attention to Cambodia and Vietnam. The conference will consist of interdisciplinary paper and poster presentations by both scholars and practitioners. Proposals that consider Mekong Basin agriculture in a larger historical and cultural context, in political and environmental dialogue with other countries in the region (e.g., China), or that are comparative are especially encouraged.

Emphasis will be on papers that consider the social, cultural, and historical context and implications of agricultural practices and technology in this region, and especially the relationship between climate change and agricultural change and adaptation,  and especially in Cambodia and Vietnam.  But papers on related topics will be welcome (see list below). All paper presentations will be in English.  The conference will include a field trip.  Possible paper topics can address:

  • Climate change and Lower Mekong Basin agriculture
  • Community resilience and environmental adaptation
  • History of environmental interactions and of agriculture in the Mekong Basin
  • The comparative study of river delta agriculture
  • Impact of climate change on biodiversity
  • Animal history and environmental change
  • River control, hydroelectric and flood management projects and agriculture
  • Aquaculture and Mekong Basin agriculture
  • Adaptation strategies for soil acidification
  • Adaptive plant breeding
  • Resilience and disaster risk management
  • Perceptions of environmental change
  • Strategies for cross-cultural technology transfer
  • Industrial food production and its discontents
  • Local, national, and global rice markets and Mekong Basin agriculture
  • Cross-boundary agriculture
  • Mekong Basin environmental governance
  • INGO and CBO political culture; international environmental governance
  • Logistics and commodity chains
  • Institutions and infrastructure
  • Human capital and labor force issues
  • Poverty, food security and sustainable livelihood development

The conference will be sponsored by the Department of Natural Resource Management and Development at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Western Washington University, and the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Keep reading


Grants available for data stories

Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) has set aside up to three grants for data journalism products, please see attached the application

Priority will go to:

  • Journalistic products for media, not advocacy. If you work for an NGO, you can consider creating a journalism product for your local media and/or The Mekong Eye
  • Stories that focus on development projects with international investment/impacts, such as dams, mines, SEZ, power plants
  • Stories that mix data and field reporting

We can cover $500-3000 in costs like travel in your country or around the Mekong region, translation, graphic design, database access fees etc..

Deadline for applications is August 1, but we will award on an ongoing basis (thus… earlier is better for your chances).

Applications and queries can be sent with subject line “MPE Story Fund-applicant name” to MPEAPS@pactworld.org,



A webinar ‘Using web platforms to promote transparency and enhance land rights’

IIED is pleased to invite you to attend a webinar as part of IIED's 'Legal tools for citizen empowerment' initiative on ‘Using web platforms to promote transparency and enhance land rights

Including speakers Sam Szoke-Burke, legal researcher at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment which recently launched the Open Land Contracts (OLC) web database and Wai Wai Lwin, founder of Open Data Myanmar (ODM).  

Why should you attend? Information about land deals on paper and on the ground is often very limited. This webinar will shed light on how online technology sharing data such as details of land conflicts or land deal contracts, can assist CSOs, communities and governments to access crucial information for improving land governance. Coupled with other forms of legal empowerment, web platforms can promote transparency and accountability, demonstrate best practices and target efforts to resolve conflicts.

When? Wednesday 6 July 2016

What time? 17.30–19.00 (Yangon), 13.00–14.30 (Maputo), 12.00–13.30 (London), 07.00-0830 (New York)

Where? From your desk or portable internet device (NB: webinars are online workshops that people can attend from their desk or portable internet device).

Who can attend? The invitation is open to anyone within your organisation who might find the topic relevant and, of course, more than one person in your organisation can join in.

How? Please email legaltools@iied.org by 27 June 2016 to receive joining instructions.

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