Timeframe: 2014-2017

Partners: Various universities in Southeast Asia

Environmental Geography researchers involved: Jasper van Vliet, Peter Verburg

Description: Land use in the Greater Mekong Subregion (A region including Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam, GuangXi and Yunnan) is rapidly changing, driven by economic growth and development processes. The dynamics in this region include for example urban development, the shift from swidden to permanent agriculture, and the influence of foreign investors in large-scale land acquisitions. These changes can have adverse effects on the remaining natural forests, local people, and the capacity to provide ecosystem services in general.

The Mekong land use change modelling – capacity building project aims to build a the experience and knowledge in selected universities and governments in this region to conduct model-based land change assessments. This capacity allows the local government to support land use planning and policy making by assessing the impacts of ongoing developments as well as specific policies in advance, and potentially develop mitigation measures.