Last week, five civil society organizations (CSOs) in the Lower Mekong region won award of US$10,000 each from the USAID-funded Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in the Mekong Program to promote social equity and inclusion in forests and climate change policies and practices.

As part of the program’s small grant Challenge Fund, CSOs can compete for funds to support the development and implementation of specific activities that promote equity in forest governance and climate change mitigation for grassroots stakeholders.

The grants awarded in this first round cover activities such as training on equity for young journalists from ethnic minorities (in Vietnam); strengthening equity awareness of CSO members of a REDD+ network (in Cambodia); producing information, communication, and education materials on equity and participation (in Cambodia and Vietnam); and enhancing negotiation and facilitation skills for better forest co-management processes (in Thailand).

Results and stories generated by these grants will be accessible on the program’s webpage, and will contribute as resource materials in upcoming regional capacity building and reflection workshops.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update