Environmental Impact Assessment

We are working directly to strengthen communities, campaigners and lawyers by organizing opportunities for them to understand and design their own campaigns around Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes in the Mekong region. ERI and MLN have collaborated to produce an original manual for EIA practitioners in the six Mekong countries which specifically targets government decision-makers, investors, lawyers and other professionals working on the implementation of EIAs. The result is this unique, practical guide for implementing EIAs in the Mekong, which both ERI and MLN are strategically placed to disseminate to relevant EIA stakeholders, especially project-affected communities across the region.

The manual for Environmental Impact Assessment in the Mekong Region outlines and analyzes each of the EIA systems in the six Mekong countries, including the common themes and approaches. There is a gap between law on paper and in practice in the Mekong countries and this manual, combined with ERI’s integrated approach of training, campaigning, legal advocacy and networking, is an important step towards closing this gap.

The First Edition is the result of this period of collaboration with MLN. We have tried to ensure accuracy and completeness. However, we also recognise that there is always room for improvement. We welcome any comments, criticisms or complaints. Our aim is to provide the materials and continue the existing discussion on the value of EIA in the region and how EIA can be improved.

This First Edition is aimed at EIA practitioners, including policy makers, civil society leaders, lawyers, EIA consultants and project proponents. We hope that, by understanding the legal obligations under national law, all stakeholders will work together to pursue constant improvement in the EIA process across the Mekong region.