Journalists interested in learning how the decline in press freedom affects environmental reporting in the Lower Mekong region can join this webinar.
Internews' Earth Journalism Network (EJN) is hosting a webinar "Making Room for Civic Engagement in Natural Resource Management in the Mekong" on Oct. 26.
The webinar aims to explore how the diminishing civic space in the Lower Mekong region ― encompassing Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam ― poses significant challenges to upholding transparency and accountability in the management of natural resources. These challenges include the utilization of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) against journalists and activists.
This webinar will discuss the consequences of the shrinking civic space on natural resource management in Lower Mekong countries, while highlighting the inroads made by some organizations and the opportunities for public engagement.
Speakers include Romchat Wachirarattanakornkul, Climate Change and Environment Focal Point at the UN Human Rights Regional Office for Southeast Asia; Nop Vy, Founder and Executive Director at Cambodian Journalists Alliance (CamboJA); and Saw Paul Sein Twa, 2020 Goldman Prize winner and KESAN Executive Director.
The webinar will be conducted in English, and Khmer and Burmese live interpretations will be provided.