Mekong/ASEAN Environmental Week (MAEW)

A regional platform called MAEW

Mekong/ASEAN Environmental Week (MAEW) is the annual regional platform and process for the deeper exchange among the people, Civil Society groups, and also other relevant actors on the issues of development, natural resources, and the environmental/social and human rights impacts from the investments. The forum aims to provide more space, understanding, analysis, and work in solidarity among the people who have less political space and have less chance to meet. The stories telling, opinion giving and demands will be expressed for a better future of the region and its people. The stronger and continuous movement among the people in the region, in our opinion, is urgently needed.

The Mekong/ASEAN Environmental week (MAEW), with its current scope and objectives, is the place for the dialogue that aims to improve the issues that are the linkage between environment, economic and political rights, and justice in the Mekong and Southeast Asia region. The main target to support for MAEW is the marginalized, politically underrepresented groups namely the local communities and their partner, the civil society groups. At the same time, the forum involves academics, media, independent mechanisms, and at the same time target to have dialogue in public with the policymakers and businesses.

MAEW 2019 and 2020 have already organized with a number of discussions on various issues including the regional environmental, social and ecological problems, democracy and political reform, climate justice, agriculture and food sovereignty, and the problems related to free trade agreement, Belt and Road Initiatives, and Special Economic Zones in the region. On top of that, we invited discussions on the prevention and solutions that raise mainly by local community representatives. Please find the videos and program of MAEW 2020 at

MAEW, in particular, is the event to bring the progressive voices of the Mekong and Southeast Asia together with the aim to resolve the common and cross-border problems created by the influential ideologies, economic models, projects, and actors as mentioned above.

Co-organizers and supporting organizations

The co-organizers and supporting organization of the Mekong/ASEAN Environmental week (MAEW) 2019 and 2020 are including;

Thailand-based - Project SEVANA Southeast Asia, Laos Dam Investment Monitoring [LDIM]), Extraterritorial Obligation Watch Thailand [ETO Watch]), Spirit in Education Movement [SEM]), The Mekong Butterfly, Community Resource Centre Foundation [CRC]), Land Watch Thai, Community Art Network, Chiang Khong Conservation Group, Mekong Energy and Ecology Network (MEENet), the Sustainable Agriculture Network

Regional and International organizations – Focus on the Global South, EarthRights International [ERI]), Mekong Watch [Japan]), International Rivers [IRs])

Academic Institutes - The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development [RCSD], Chiang Mai University, The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University

Media Agencies – The Thai Society for Environmental Journalists (TSEJ), The Thai Public Broadcast Service (Thai PBS)


1.    To process the annual public/regional platform for the representatives of the affected communities by the destructive development policies and large-scale projects and also the communities that are implementing ecological and livelihood recovery activities, and civil society groups that work to support the communities. In this platform, there will be presentations and actions in various formats including strategic discussions, public actions, panel discussions, photo exhibitions, films, and cultural events.

2.    To create a larger learning space among the people from different countries via the stories telling and sharing for livelihoods, situation, problems, beliefs, cultures, strategies, tactics, and solutions.

3.    To create the possible public space for academics, policymakers, businesses, and representatives from relevant mechanisms (such as human rights commissions, United Nation’s representatives, and other international parties) and the general public to participate, exchange, and debate with the experienced local communities and civil society groups.

4.    To work with the national, regional, and international media those are interested in the political ecology-related issues in the region. 

5.    To strengthen the regional peoples’ network and support the stronger movement and the establishment of the concrete political platforms that truly belongs to the people.

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