Transparency is essential for good and inclusive natural resources governance.

Posted on 15 February 2023

USAID Mekong for the Future, implemented by the World Wide Fund for Nature, and its partners, explore the intersection between transparency, human rights, and the environment through a series of reports. Transparency is created throughout the entire decision-making process.

It starts with guaranteeing access to information rights to all. It is enabled through a civil society sector will the capacity, knowledge, and resources to make full use of data and information. Ultimately, civil society must be able to participate and contribute meaningfully to open processes of decision-making, Once transparency is present, then good and inclusive natural resources governance promotes better management for people and nature.

In a region like the Greater Mekong, where countries are fast developing, large infrastructures are being built to meet the needs of a growing population, and the increase in disposable income puts pressure on resources, transparency in natural resources governance is more critical than ever.

March 29, 2016 - Udon Thani, Thailand. Fishermen scare fish into their nets in Kong Long. Farmers and villagers living along the water ways in Beung Kong Long Ramsar site and the Nam Mao river.
© © Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom / WWF-Greater Mekong