• About Us

    MEE Net’s roots lie in a 25 year struggle to ensure ecological sustainability in the face of rapid industrialization in the Mekong region. In 1984, a group of environmentally concerned Thais, including activists, academics, and government foresters launched a monthly dialogue series called the Eco-forum to discuss the social and ecological implication of Thailand’s rapid industrialization. Read More
  • Background of the Energy & Power Sector in the Mekong Region

    All around the Mekong, large-scale energy development is taking place, driven by the demands of highly industrialized countries like Thailand, Vietnam and China. Meanwhile, regional institutions are paving the way for greater private investment in the energy sector. Read More
  • Media & News

    Find more information on the current situations and developments from the MEE Net's frequently updated media and news source. Read More
  • Events & Activities

    MEE Net's mission is targeted towards energy issues, especially electricity structure, governance and policies, to sustain local livelihoods and the delicate ecology in the Mekong Region. To this end, it organizes a variety of events and activities. Read More
  • Partner Organizations

    Partnership with MEE Net does not require any kind of formal application process nor the passing of any eligibility requirements. These organizations simply strive to meet common goals and work alongside MEE Net and with each other in order to reach those goals. The following is a list of such organizations, who work on energy and ecological issues in the Mekong Region. Read More
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Our Work

In the Mekong Region, government concern for rapid economic growth has led to unsustainable development projects. Large scale investments crowd out space for more efficient, localized development projects. Read More

Vision & Mission

MEE Net addresses the emerging nexus of social and environmental problems arising from the rapid growth of the electricity sector in the Mekong region. Increasing development and integration under the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) frameworks is leading to unequal development, particularly in the electricity sector.  The demands of the energy industry dominate the shape of energy development in the region, as financial investments become an increasingly lucrative business that in turn provides cheap electricity fuel the demands of industrial consumption. The main Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Mekong is in the energy sector, which has emerged as one of the biggest economic drivers while exerting formidable political influence over the region. Read More

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Regional Themes

  • MEE Net’s work is structured into three regional, overarching themes:

  • Transboundary Issues

    As regionalization grows, advocated for by the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) project, developments within the power sector present major transboundary impacts. These impacts are linked to complex issues about sovereignty, especially in light of the lack of effective regulation for such projects by regional institutions.   There are major questions left unanswered. What impacts will one country’s decision to develop power projects have on its neighbors? What regional mechanisms are there in place or should there be with respect to specific technologies and projects? Other major transboundary issues include the cumulative effects of dam construction on the mainstream Mekong and Salween Rivers, which lack adequate and comprehensive study and sufficient baseline data. Developments taking place within the power sector as well as its growing regionalization, as advocated by the ADB’s GMS project, are having major transboundary impacts. These are linked to complex issues about sovereignty and the lack of effective regional institutions regulating projects with such transboundary effects.   Read More
  • Follow the Money Trail

    MEE Net’s Follow the Money Trail theme investigates transboundary issues surrounding energy investments in the Mekong region. How do energy industries, financial markets, stock markets, construction industries, stakeholders and diverse actors interact and connect within the web of energy infrastructure projects?   The real driver of growth in the region’s energy sector is not actual demand, but business and profit. MEE Net actively monitors the government policy on investments and the development of the GMS regional grid, promoted by the ADB to create an export market for generation by Independent Power Producers (IPPs). 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.  MEE Net’s research on the connections between capital and profit-making can be found in our publication Following the Money Trail of Mekong Energy Industry in English or ภาษาไทย. Read More
  • Know Your Power

    One of MEE Net's goals has been to support regional civil society organizations in developing the capacity to participate in power policy planning. Know Your Power has evolved out of this goal, synthesizing knowledge about the region's power sector and encapsulating MEE Net's approach to fostering a more democratic and participatory process of all power sector stakeholders. Activities are developed on a per-country basis, stemming from the issues observed in each of the 6 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. How much do we know about our power sector? When examining stakeholders of hydropower projects or other power plant developments in Thailand and other countries, there arises the question as to why people have to sacrifice their livelihoods for electricity security. Is their sacrifice is fair because it will help national economic prosperity? Or do we tell consumers of electricity how much people have to trade off for the electricity that we use? If we really want the power sector to become more sustainable we need to know who the actors are, who is planning the electricity systems, and how Read More
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