The research carried out by MEE Net and its partners focuses upon three thematic areas that are relevant to the Mekong region
KNOW YOUR POWER
In order to foster a more democratic and participatory process for all power sector stakeholders, MEE Net supports regional civil society organizations in developing the capacity to engage in power policy planning and decision-making. Activities are developed on a per-country basis, stemming from the issues observed in each of the six Mekong countries and how knowledge about the power sector can help solve those issues and be used to encourage and strengthen civil society throughout the region.
As regionalization grows, advocated for by the Asian Development Bank's Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) project, developments within the power sector present major transboundary impacts. These transboundary impacts are linked to complex issues about sovereignty, especially in light of the lack of effective regulation for such projects by regional institutions. MEE Net studies the impacts faced by neighboring countries as a result of one country’s decisions to develop energy projects, as well as the regional mechanisms in place with respect to specific technologies and projects.
FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL
MEE Net actively monitors government policy on investments and the development of the Greater Mekong Subregion grid in order to highlight the connections between capital and profit-making in the energy sector. Markets for electricity generation and export produce environmental injustice, as resources from host countries are exploited to feed industries in other more developed countries. Thus, electricity often comes at the expense of the ecosystems and livelihoods of local people.