Southeast Asia Partner Organizations
In the Mekong region, civil society organizations, academics, and community movements from Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam have built determined national coalitions committed to defending the region's rivers. As widespread dam development threatens many rivers shared between countries, these groups have worked together in regional coalitions, joined by a network of supporters worldwide. International Rivers works with groups throughout the Mekong region, supporting their efforts to protect the region's rivers.
Cambodia, the Rivers Coalition of Cambodia has supported communities along the Sesan, Srepok, and Sekong rivers to address the impacts of dams in operation, under construction, and planned upstream in Vietnam and Laos. As plans for extensive domestic hydropower development have emerged, the Rivers Coalition of Cambodia has also called for better planning processes in Cambodia before these projects are developed. The coalition's members include: the NGO Forum on Cambodia, the Sesan-Srepok-Sekong Rivers Protection Network, the Culture and Environment Preservation Association, the Fisheries Action Coalition Team, Conservation and Development on Cambodia, and Cambodian Volunteer for Society.
Thailand, International Rivers has worked with NGOs and community movements that have long campaigned against destructive dam projects, called for energy planning reform, and promoted alternative energy solutions. Most recently, the Thai Peoples Network for the Mekong, comprised of academics, NGOs, and peoples' organizations has emerged, challenging the proposed Mekong mainstream dams and other major development projects in the region. International Rivers' partners include Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance, Living Rivers Siam, and Palang Thai.
field-based research at major dams in Vietnam, such as Son La and Yali Falls, organizing meetings, and sharing information, the network calls for better mitigation and compensation for communities affected by dams, and promotes more sustainable energy alternatives.
International Rivers is also a member of the Mekong Program on Water Environment and Resilience (M-POWER). The network works towards improved livelihood security, human and ecosystem health in the region, focusing on improving water governance. We coordinate closely with international allies including Mekong Watch, FIVAS, Probe International, the NGO Forum on ADB, and BankTrack.
International Rivers is a partners of the Save the Mekong Coalition that brings together non-government organizations, local people, academics, journalists, artists and ordinary people from within the Mekong countries and internationally to protect the Mekong River from mainstream dams.