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.
Cassava export boom leading to deforestation and poor air in Laos
Farmers are encroaching on national parks and protected forests in Laos, burning and clearing large areas to make room for cassava crops. The demand for cassava has seen it become the most profitable agricultural product in Laos, as demonstrated by the country’s February trade figures: cassava ...
Cambodian activists charged with insulting king on Facebook
Two Cambodian opposition figures have been charged under the country’s rarely used lese majeste law with insulting King Norodom Sihamoni for posts made on Facebook about a photograph of the king and Prime Minister Hun Sen. A judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday ...
SE Asia’s COVID legacy is less wildlife trade, but more hunting, study finds
The COVID-19 pandemic, which began spreading in a seafood and poultry market in Wuhan, China, shone a spotlight on zoonotic diseases and the risks that markets selling wild meat can pose to human health. Following the outbreak, some countries like China temporarily closed down wet markets, while ...
Cambodian Women Vulnerable to Domestic Violence Due to Lack of Protection, Punishment
KAMPONG CHHNANG PROVINCE — When Sopheap married in 2018 she was happy to settle down and start a family with her husband, and she gave birth to a son soon after. But within a few years, her marriage descended into domestic abuse after her husband became ...
New generation takes up cudgels against dam construction on Salween River
“When the Salween runs dry and we can cross it, that would be the end of the world,” is a saying widely believed by generations of locals who live on the banks of the river in Mae Hong Son province. In a proactive move, the ...
Cambodia records 1st rare Mekong river dolphin death in 2023
PHNOM PENH, March 22 (Xinhua) — A rare Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin has been found dead after being entangled in fishermen’s illegal gillnets in northeast Cambodia, the Fisheries Administration (FiA) said in a statement. The 2.38-meter-long male dolphin, 160 kg in weight and aged about 20, ...
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, ...