The Mekong Environment
and Resource Institute
( MERI )






........We remain true to our original mission ......saving the natural ecological balance of the Mekong River Basin for future generations........

THE MEKONG ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCE INSTITUTE (MERI) was established in 1999 as a multidisciplinary network of internationally recognized experts who have committed to work on issues of sustainable economic and social development and on environmental and resource management policies in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

The people of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam depend on the rich natural resources of the region. Rapid economic growth, accelerating with increased trade liberalization and investments, affects thoroughly the livelihoods of communities, their cultures and ways of life, and the ecological balance of this biodiversity rich region. Never has the need for care, conservation, and sustainable management of the Mekong River Basin been more imperative.

Our mission is to apply the experience, knowledge, and wisdom necessary to formulate and promote a policy framework for the sustainable management of the Greater Mekong Sub-region, based on the principles of forest, water, and biodiversity conservation, for the benefit of the communities that they support - to help preserve them for future generations.

The Institute's staff and centers pursue this mission by performing timely, accurate research on key policy issues and effectively marketing these findings to our primary audiences:

Governed by an independent international Board of Advisors, The Mekong Environment and Resource Institute is a nonpartisan, tax-exempt institution. The Institute relies on the private financial support of the public - individuals, foundations, and corporations - for its income. The Mekong Environment and Resource Institute is the world's only privately funded international policy research group focusing exclusively on the Greater Mekong Sub-region. In addition, the Institute conducts policy research on a contract basis for international and regional development banks and United Nations agencies. The Institute's products include publications, articles, lectures, conferences, web sites and web-based projects and meetings.

To this end, we forge partnerships with research communities, corporations and governments. At the same time, our commitment to working with local people gives us an on-the-ground presence in communities throughout the region. As we seek to expand the frontiers of conservation and sustainable development, we remain true to our original mission: saving the natural ecological balance of the Mekong River Basin for future generations.

The Mekong Environment & Resource Institute
33/5 Soi Areesamphan 3
Phaholyothin Road,
Samsen Nai, Phyathai District,
Bangkok 10400, THAILAND
Fax: 66(0) 2-278-3198 Tel: 66(0) 89-926-4604