People Protecting their Ecosystem in the Lower Mekong III (PEM III) (2019 - 2021)

The project works with resource-dependent communities in the Mekong and 3S regions, supporting them to exercise their legal rights to natural resources and increase their knowledge, skills, and networks to sustainably manage riverine ecosystems.

Implementing locations     

Dak Lak province; the 3S region; Kratie and Ratanakiri provinces in Cambodia.

The project operates in the Mekong region in Vietnam and Cambodia.


  • By the end of 2021, 30 communities in Cambodia and Vietnam are recognised as community fisheries and have the skills and knowledge to promote the conservation of freshwater ecosystems in the Mekong and 3S rivers.
  • Communities are networked among themselves and with other concerned stakeholders to improve conservation outcomes of riverine resources and to support the sustainability of community institutions to continue protecting their resources.
  • The level of illegal activities in 10 fisheries communities in Cambodia is subsequently reduced by 70% because of the ability to take timely action; 10 communities in Vietnam are able to monitor water quality, report on daily access and consumption of water, and are able to hold polluters to account.
  • 200 families in the 30 PEM supported communities will have adopted alternative, more sustainable livelihood options.
  • By the end of 2021, all PEM supported communities will have access to alternative sources of funding to ensure they are properly supported.

Target and Beneficiaries

Resource-dependent communities in the Mekong and 3S regions.


MacArthur Foundation

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF)


Implementing Partners

Northeastern Rural Development (NRD) - Cambodia

The Wildlife Conservation Society Cambodia (WSC)

The Centre for Social Research and Development (CSRD) - Vietnam