Regional Symposium on “Shared Solutions: Safeguarding Sustainable Development in the Mekong Region”

August. 25, 2015 - August. 27, 2015

The Mekong Partnership for the Environment is pleased to announce the 2015 Regional Symposium on “Shared Solutions: Safeguarding Sustainable Development in the Mekong Region” to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from August 25-27, 2015.

Designed as a learning symposium, sessions will incorporate trends and approaches for advancing social and environmental safeguards and responsible investment in the Mekong region, within the broader regional context of the emerging ASEAN Economic Community. Cutting across the event themes are opportunities for increasing regional cooperation among stakeholders and efforts to increase access to information and data. The agenda will include both plenary presentations and concurrent thematic discussions on topics such as:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reforms in Mekong countries
  • Public participation and effective engagement in development decision-making
  • Integrating safeguards into the ASEAN Economic Community
  • Safeguard harmonization among donors and multi-laterals
  • Private sector perspectives on effective impact assessment
  • Social Safeguard Systems
  • Opportunities and challenges with multi-stakeholder approaches
  • Gender and safeguards
  • The Japanese experience with EIA in the Mekong
  • The future implications for safeguards in a warmer Mekong region
  • Investigating ‘alternative’ development models
  • AIIB and the changing landscape of multilateral finance
  • Environmental, Social, and Governance factors and responsible banking
  • Chinese investments in the Mekong
  • Moving beyond Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Open data and access to information
  • The role of regional journalism

Optional short training sessions on themes of interest will be provided on the third day. 

Workshop: Shared Solutions: Safeguarding Sustainable Development in the Mekong 
When: Aug 25-27, 2015
Where: Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Bangkok
Who: Representatives from government, NGOs, international and regional safeguards/EIA practitioners, private sector, academics, donors, and media from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and China are encouraged to register.
Cost: The registration for the Symposium will be limited to 100 participants. Travel support will be offered for a limited number of participants based on need and funding availability. The organizer aims to ensure a balanced participation from all relevant countries, sectors and backgrounds. Confirmation of attendance will be issued accordingly. An email confirmation of your attendance will be sent by mid-July.
  • Share approaches, research, action plans, and case studies around increasing regional cooperation and awareness on issues related to responsible investment and reducing social and environmental impacts of development;
  • Network with government, NGO, private sector, and academic experts and practitioners involved in addressing issues related to the social and environmental impacts of large-scale development in the lower Mekong countries and ASEAN more broadly;
  • Strengthen existing partnerships and identify potential new opportunities for national and regional collaboration; and
  • Increase the understanding of the role of integrated, regional development within the Mekong and the broader ASEAN region.

 Please contact Areerat Chabada: [email protected]. Application deadline is July 3, 2015.