The rapid pace of development leading up to the ASEAN Economic Community is creating opportunities for journalists to find innovative and important environmental, business, investment, health and culture stories.  USAID-supported Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) is hosting a series of workshops for Mekong-area journalists who report on social and environmental impacts of development projects such as dams, mines, roads, ports or economic land concessions.

Participants in the Mekong Matters: Workshop and Network for Development Journalists will learn about social impacts, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), investment, and investigative journalism.  They will also help plan a Mekong journalist network reporting on these development issues and access other events and resources. The first workshop, to be held from September 16-19 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is focused on finding story ideas using EIAs.

MPE is seeking journalists from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam to apply to participate in the workshops; the deadline for applications for the first workshop is July 28.  Additional details on the workshops as well as application instructions can be found at the following website:

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update