REDD+ in the Mekong Region
All five countries of the Lower Mekong Region are participating in REDD+, but they are at different stages of readiness and implementation. Because REDD+ implementation is fragmented and complex, it is difficult to get a full and accurate sense of all REDD+ related projects and activities. Below are some examples of related projects by country.
Photo: Mountainous forest Seen from the Mekong River by Klim Levene | CC-BY-2.0.
Data Literacy: If data were an open forest - would anyone use it?
The Open Development Initiative (ODI) has been facilitating the collation and release of data and information for over eleven years now. The demand and need to provide data for our civil society constituents is summarized through a threefold process. Read more
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Towards Effective Advocacy in Mekong Region with Data Literacy
The Open Development Initiative (ODI) first began working with our constituents on data literacy in 2019, with a 3-month data literacy programme for journalists in Myanmar. Since then we have localized our Data Literacy Curriculum, adapted from the World Bank Certificate Program, to meet the needs of specific groups, such as forestry advocates, educators, women’s networks, and Indigenous Peoples in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
Mekong Women in Open Data
Gender inequality underscores the lives of women all over the world. At the Open Development Initiative, we wanted to understand how this impacted women in the Mekong countries of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV) in their access to open data. In 2019, we conducted and completed a study on this topic, the results of which have now been published on the Open Development Mekong platform.
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COVID-19 in the Mekong
The novel coronavirus has triggered a global response of extreme measures. The immediate changes are countable. As of April 15, 2020, over 2 million cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been counted globally, with over 100,000 confirmed deaths. Tech tools to track the movement of infected people are being deployed around the world, from Israel to Singapore, with some of the largest historically rival companies globally – Apple and Google – teaming up to develop a tracking system.
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Infrastructure Development in the Mekong
Infrastructure development has been growing in the Lower Mekong Region, but what does that actually mean? Learn more about the financing and financiers, impacts, and gender issues relevant to infrastructure development in an ever-evolving story feature here.
‘Tip of the spear’: Battling the Golden Triangle’s drug lords
In the far north of Thailand, a deadly conflict is playing out between drug syndicates and Thai security forces working to stop a flood of narcotics from the region known as the Golden Triangle. Drug shipment sizes are staggering and the body count rising in this low-intensity battle ...
Cambodia creates safe zones for rare Mekong River dolphins
Cambodia has created Irrawaddy dolphin conservation and protection zones covering a 120-km-long stretch of the Mekong River in the Stung Treng and Kratie provinces, according to a sub-decree. Signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, the sub-decree said the safe zone for the rare animal included 35 ...
Vietnam, Laos, Thailand strengthen transport connectivity
The 23rd preparatory conference of the nine provinces of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand that share the use of Road 8 and Road 12 was recently held in the central Lao province of Bolykhamsay to review their cooperation. A representative of Bolykhamsay province reported the implementation of ...
Strong northeast monsoon winds could bring salinity to Mekong Delta
Additionally, strong operation of the northeast monsoon winds also can bring salinity at a depth of 50-65 kilometers, affecting water intake from the sluices. According to the latest news from the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research on March 3, the largest saltwater intrusion at the ...
The vanishing catch: How women are suffering in the Mekong Delta
Fishing is what used to keep Nguyễn Thị Nga’s family afloat during the Mekong Delta’s flood season in the southern province of An Giang. “We always filled buckets with fish, but now there are very few,” said the 44-year-old woman with a sigh. Money earned from ...
‘You don’t kill people to protect forests’: New Thai parks chief raises alarm
The controversial whistleblower who helped expose corruption in Thailand’s parks department has gained a major promotion — and increased scrutiny of his own checkered history, which includes two murder charges, a corruption investigation, and multiple allegations of human rights abuses. Senior forest officer Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn arrived ...
TOR: Mangrove Conservation Coordinator
Assignment: Mangrove Conservation Coordinator Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand, with possible regional travel Contract Type: Full-time, on site Reports to: Program Director Duration: 2 years (contingent on performance and funding continuation) Start: Immediately, or until filled Deadline: Mar 31, 2023 Position: This position is open to Thai nationals and those eligible to work in Thailand OVERVIEW The Open Development Initiative (ODI) program of ...
Save the Date: APAC Digital Identity unConference
Fostering Innovation and collaboration between emerging digital identity companies across the APAC region. The goal of the event is to foster innovation and collaboration between emerging digital identity companies and projects across the APAC region. unConferences are particularly generative, with a facilitator we will co-create the agenda ...
Registrations Open: Join the Asia-Pacific Digital Rights Forum
EngageMedia is inviting digital rights advocates to kick off 2023 with a series of panel discussions, breakout sessions, and conversations with changemakers in the Asia-Pacific Digital Rights Forum, to be held from January 12 to 14, 2023. The three-day event, which will be held in a hybrid format, ...