Summary profiles of SUMERNET Phase 3 projects

In 2014, SUMERNET launched its Phase 3 to further strengthen its strategic position towards putting knowledge-based policy engagement at the heart of its activities.

In March 2014, SUMERNET called for and approved concept notes for research projects. Then about ten shortlisted concept notes were invited to submit full proposals. Seven projects received final approval.

This booklet provides summary profiles of the seven research projects that will be undertaken in SUMERNET Phase 3. These profiles are based on the full project proposals that were submitted by the project partners to SUMERNET.

Phase 3 selection of research projects

In December 2014, a total of seven research projects were selected for receiving the research grants funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Lower Mekong Public Policy Initiative (LMPPI).

The research grants are being provided to a consortium of research institutes, universities, non-governmental and civil society organizations. The minimum requirement is that at least two organizations, from at least two different countries within the Mekong Region, participate in each research project. Projects will be for a duration of about 20 months.

List of projects in Phase 3

01 - Comparative study on national REDD+ strategy in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand (REDD+ in the Mekong)

02 - Understanding, classifying and mapping human use and natural resources in pilot wetlands of Cambodia and Vietnam to promote sustainable development: A collaboration to study small wetlands (Collaborative study of small wetlands)

03 - Gendered impact of cross-border agricultural investment: Case of rubber plantations in Northern Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia (GIAI-Rubber)

04 - Adaptation pathways for climate-resilient development:  Selected cases in Cambodia, Myanmar, and the Philippines (Adaptation pathways for CRD)

05 - Turning rice straw into cooking fuel for air quality and climate co-benefit in selected GMS countries (RS co-benefits)

06 - Recovering and valuing wetland agro-ecological systems and local knowledge for water security and community resilience in the Mekong Region (RECOVER)

07 - Impacts of the east-west economic corridor on local livelihoods and forest resource in Mekong River region: case studies of selected forest-dependent villages in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar (EWEC-FC)


Since its inception in 2005, Sustainable Mekong Research Network (SUMERNET) has established a successful and expanding regional research network with expertise in several policy areas critical to sustainability of the Mekong Region.  SUMERNET aims to inform and influence policy-making in the Mekong Region towards more socially inclusive and gender-responsive sustainable development.

SUMERNET is a collaboration of more than 50 research and policy-making institutions with a strong track record of research that can serve the basis for effective policy on natural resources management.

SUMERNET Phase 3 will support the formation of long-term innovative partnerships among research institutions, knowledge users and policy makers at different levels and in different sectors through four programme components: (1) deliver credible research, (2) convene and contribute to regional assessments, (3) communicate and engage with the policy process for impact and visibility, and (4) ensure effective management, network sustainability and monitoring and evaluation.

SUMERNET Phase 3 will focus on three research themes:

Climate-compatible development: Climate-compatible development means promoting human development while addressing both mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change.

Ecosystem services for local development: Ecosystem services need to be appropriately valued and protected to ensure they can benefit local development in rural and peri-urban settings.

Sustainable regional economic integration: Both environmental sustainability and social equity are essential in a region experiencing rapid economic growth while poverty and inequality remain significant.

Please download the Summary Profiles booklet using the link below.