Project SEVANA South-East Asia

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Project SEVANA South-East Asia (Project SEVANA) was established in 2016 by a group of activists with a strong background in environmental and social issues in the Mekong region. The initial mission of the organization is to create platforms to bring together local and regional activists from various backgrounds in the Mekong and Southeast Asia region who share a common social, political, economic, and environmental vision and also people from the communities affected by the large-scale problematic projects that caused the land, forest, and river resources destruction. Our focus is also on young activists and women and working to develop a constructive relationship with the region's progressive media and environmental journalists. 

Realizing that the regional challenges and threats are now very much coming from the region’s development ideology and cross-border investment in large-scale projects, Project SEVANA facilitates different open forums and activities at the national and regional level to strengthen the civil societies/peoples’ movement on environmental, social and human rights. We organize public forums that allow communities and civil society groups to voice, exchange, and debate on the relevant issues with other influential actors within and to the region to reach a better development direction and solution that will bring a better region amidst the situation of open market economy ideology affected negatively to the livelihood of the millions of people that depend on natural resources. Project SEVANA believes that peoples' voices and public participation can bring democratic, accountable, responsible development and more positive role-playing by policymakers, businesses, and influential regional actors.

Project SEVANA also supports the work for natural resources and livelihood recovery/restoration and food security practices. We have organized and supported the exchange and training programs on organic farming by communities in the region since 2016. We also conduct research and provide information and analysis that can contribute to a better understanding the regional public of the current situation and relevant issues. 

Project SEVANA South-East Asia coordinates the Laos Dam Investment Monitor (LDIM), a network established in 2018, and the Mekong/ASEAN Environmental Week (MAEW), an annual regional event since 2019.

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