EEI-Lower Mekong Subregion launched
BANGKOK, THAILAND—The Economy and Environment Institute – Lower Mekong Subregion (EEI-LMS) was formally launched to the community of researchers and students in environmental and natural resource economics last February 16, 2016. Dr. Jack Knetsch and Dr. Benoit Laplante, both from Simon Fraser University, gave keynote talks on research productivity and climate change research, respectively. The conference also served as a venue to further refine the Institute’s mission and targets. This was discussed during the EEPSEA alumni session that followed the keynote talks.
In the afternoon, 16 papers from the following universities and institutions were presented: Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University, Chiang Mai University, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Khon Kaen University, Prince of Songkla University, and Thailand Development Research Institute. Focus was on pollution and natural resources.
Held back-to-back with the launch conference was the first EEI-LMS advisory board meeting. Discussion focused on potential sources of funding during the remaining period of the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA Program) and beyond. EEI-LMS board members include Mr. Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya (Thailand Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives), EEPSEA Director Dr. Herminia Francisco, Dr. Phouphet Kyophilavong (National University of Laos), Dr. Daigee Shaw (Academia Sinica, Taiwan), and Dr. Htay Htay Lwin (Co-operative University, Myanmar).