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Stories of change from the Mekong region: celebrating ten years of SUMERNET (2005-2015)

This booklet shares ten “stories of change” written by SUMERNET partners on research and policy engagement over the past 10 years that have contributed to realizing SUMERNET’s vision for sustainable development in the Mekong Region.


Daniel, R., ed. (2016). Stories of Change from the Mekong Region: Celebrating Ten Years of SUMERNET (2005-2015). Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET). Booklet produced for 10th anniversary celebration, 26-28 January 2016. Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok.

The stories describe how research teams across the Mekong Region have combined research with engagement – with both policy-makers and communities – to add new knowledge and make a difference to the people of the Mekong region. Each team works across borders, combining expertise from different Mekong countries and seeking to understand regional issues.

The projects differ in their orientation, goals, and location along the research-policy continuum. All were carried out with support from the Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET), which was established in 2005 and is now in its third phase, having grown from 14 to 60 partners.

The stories are:

  • Reducing flood risks for local communities along the Cambodia-Vietnam border
  • How urbanization impacts the hinterlands
  • Green tourism pathways: Promoting climate-friendly urban tourism in Hue and Chiang Mai
  • Understanding payment for environmental services in Vietnam
  • Directing benefits to the rural poor in contract farming
  • Gender and climate risks in the deltas of the Mekong Region
  • Providing insights for better forest conservation: Engaging with REDD+ policy-makers in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand
  • Chindwin Futures: Setting up a river basin organization
  • Co-producing knowledge to build resilience and recover regional wetlands
  • SUMERNET after ten years

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SEI authors

Eric Kemp-Benedict
Eric Kemp-Benedict

SEI Affiliated Researcher


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Chayanis Krittasudthacheewa

Deputy Director, SEI Asia

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Rajesh Daniel

Head of Communications, SEI Asia


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