A Political Economy of Environmental Impact Assessment in the Mekong Region

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a central process in sustainable development to reduce and mitigate anticipated impacts of development projects. Every national government in the region has or is in the process of developing specific legislation on EIA and related environmental governance issues. Yet despite the fact that significant environmental impacts may occur across borders, no regional EIA agreements have yet been passed and implemented. Why is this so? Explanations offered to date for the ineffectiveness of regional cooperation centre around a perceived "lack of political will" and "local pressures and issues" (Baird, 2014: 30-31). This finding provides an excellent starting point for analysis from a political economy perspective. Rather than falling back on a black-box explanation of "political will" (Green, 2009), a political economy approach seeks to understand what factors are driving or blocking proposed reforms, and what can be done to affect the situation.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Topics
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Infrastructure
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Copyright No
Version / Edition 1
License CC-BY-SA-3.0-IGO
Contact

Andrew Wells-Dang Independent researcher, 57 Tran Phu, Hoi An, Vietnam; andrewwd@gmail.com Kyaw Nyi Soe Pact/Mekong Partnership for the Environment, Yangon, Myanmar; ksoe@pactworld.org Lamphay Inthakoun Independent researcher, Nonghai village, Hatxaifong district, Vientiane, Lao PDR; lamphay@gmail.com Prom Tola Independent researcher, House No. 85E1, Street 107, Sangkat O Reussey 4, Khan Chamcarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; tolaprom@yahoo.com Penh Socheat Pact/Mekong Partnership for the Environment, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; psocheat@pactworld.org Thi Thanh Van Nguyen Pact/Mekong Partnership for the Environment, Hanoi, Vietnam; ntvan@pactworld.org Areerat Chabada Pact/Mekong Partnership for the Environment; Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand; achabada@pactworld.org Worachanok Youttananukorn Pact/Mekong Partnership for the Environment; Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand; worachanok@pactworld.org

Co-author (individual) Andrew Wells-Dang, Kyaw Nyi Soe, Lamphay Inthakoun, Prom Tola, Penh Socheat, Thi Thanh Van Nguyen, Areerat Chabada, Worachanok Youttananukorn
Publication place Montpellier, France
Publisher Water Alternatives
Publication date 2016
Pagination 23
Keywords Political Economy,Governance,Economic Development
Date uploaded June 29, 2017, 20:52 (UTC)
Date modified July 28, 2017, 15:53 (UTC)