he Alliance partners are in dialogue with a number of regional and international agencies. These ‘Dialogue Partners’ are less engaged in the day-to-day work, but play an important role in supporting the work, monitoring the impact of Alliance’s work and informing strategy.
Many of the Dialogue Partners were critical in establishing the Alliance as the initiative is intended to complement and benefit regional initiatives in the Mekong region. Indeed the Dialogue Partners were central in determining the scope and role of the Alliance shaping its focus, engagement model and how it adds value to regional initiatives.
Below is a listing of the current Dialogue Partners and highlights of their involvement.
CSR Asia Center at AIT
The CSR Asia Center at AIT is a joint venture partnership between the Asian Institute for Technology (AIT) and CSR Asia and is located at the AIT campus in Pathumthani, Thailand. Its mission is to:
- Advance the development and implementation of effective and innovative sustainability solutions and CSR strategies for and by business
- Facilitate the development of the supportive framework conditions for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development
The Alliance is working with the Center to identify opportunities for the private sector to engage with the local partners and the communities in sustainable and equitable business ventures.
More about CSR Asia Center at AIT can be found at http://www.csrcenter.ait.asia/
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all.
FAO is engaging with the Alliance in a number of ways. Firstly, it is asked to provide the Alliance with a number of indicators with which it can measure how the Alliance’s work is providing benefits to FAO. Secondly, it engages with the Alliance in its initiatives relevant to the Alliance’s partners work and geographic focus, e.g. linking up with Alliance partners in Vietnam and Cambodia for the implementation of the FAO supported “Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme” and Wetlands Alliance partners contributed to the “ Lao PDR review of legislation on fishery and aquaculture”. Thirdly, the Wetlands Alliance is actively promoting participation by local partners in relevant regional events organised by FAO.
More about FAO-RAP (the section with which the Alliance is mostly engaged with) can be found at http://www.fao.org/world/regional/rap/
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.
The Alliance is working with IUCN Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, in an initiative such as the Mekong Water Dialogue Programme (MWD), and looks for opportunities to cooperate in the Water and Wetlands Programme.
More about IUCN can be found at http://www.iucn.org/asia
The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC)
SEAFDEC is an autonomous inter-governmental body established as a regional treaty organization on 28th December 1967. SEAFDEC is mandated to develop fisheries potential of the Southeast Asian region by rational utilization of the resources to provide food security to the people through transfer of new technologies, and to conduct research and information dissemination activities.
The Alliance is engaged with SEAFDEC in areas of training and transboundary cooperation. Initial activities included scoping of transboundary cooperation between Kampot (Cambodia) and Phu Quoc Island (Vietnam). Future work may include cooperation in the implementation of the UNDP/GEF South China Sea Strategic Action Implementation Project.
More about SEAFDEC can be found at http://www.seafdec.org/
Swedish Environment Secretariat for Asia (SENSA)
SENSA, The Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia, is Sida’s knowledge-based environmental secretariat based in Bangkok. Its main tasks are to promote regional cooperation for an environmentally sustainable development in Southeast Asia.
SENSA facilitates cooperation between environmental actors in the different countries of the region by identifying activities with common goals. It works to ensure a better use of existing regional knowledge bases and resources providing reliable information and advice. It also provides an open resource base for strategic analysis and assessment, consisting of the collective knowledge from its networks.
The Alliance is working with SENSA in participating in regional events, in providing inputs into the Climate Change and Adaptation Platform and seeks to cooperate in regional initiatives.
More about SENSA can be found at http://www.sida.se/sensa