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The authors report the findings and key recommendations of a study undertaken between November 2021 and May 2022.

Key findings:

  • Trust is lacking, particularly in national governments, around natural resource management decision-making in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
  • The Robust Decision Making (RDM) methodology has strong potential to increase trust and participation in decision-making from diverse stakeholders.
  • Less technically intensive interpretations of the methodology, referred to as “RDM lite”, may suit local needs better while preserving RDM’s core principles of robustness, participation and adaptive decision-making.
  • Several additional measures could also strengthen local communities’ and civil society’s engagement with decision-making processes: capacity building, strengthening informal networks, building common understanding, reflecting on how participation can be “meaningful”, and harnessing digital technology while ensuring security and equitable access.