Green Equity Asia believes in the power of a collaborative approach to natural resources conservation - strong alliances between all levels of government, communities, civil society actors and businesses.  

An initiative of East-West Management Institute, we aim to ensure that private capital in support of protected areas is properly managed to generate improved conservation results, enhanced local livelihoods and substantial income for both communities and investors.


Our Belief

Our starting point for responsible private investment is local, site-based stakeholders. We are innovators in collaborative management - empowering local communities to share in the benefits of sustainable investment. We understand local realities, steering investors to prioritize those with the greatest stake in successful conservational outcomes.

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Our Program

Green Equity Asia focuses on those protected areas where community engagement will have the greatest impact. We are committed to supporting worthy projects throughout Asia, placing us at the leading edge of global efforts to expand the network of well-financed, sustainably managed protected areas,

Our initial priority is the Lower Mekong sub-region where Cambodia is emerging as a regional innovator.



A number of important factors are converging to present a unique opportunity for innovation in conservation in the Lower Mekong sub-region – with Cambodia emerging as a regional leader. Under progressive new leadership since 2013, the Cambodian Ministry of Environment has consolidated the government’s conservation lands; a full 40 percent of Cambodia’s land mass is now under the Ministry’s protected areas system.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment in Cambodia is seeking to become a global leader in conservation innovation. The new Environment and Natural Resources Code is a testament to its ingenuity. Expected to be enacted in early 2019, the Code contains best practice approaches to collaborative management, transparency, enforcement, and sustainable financing mechanisms, among others.


Green Equity Asia achieves a level of community engagement beyond the expertise of financial institutions and their partners. We pilot “bottom up” projects — models that demonstrate that paying attention to the needs of local communities, businesses and officials from the beginning will increase the long-term success of green investments through sustained local community support and equitable benefit sharing.


Green Equity Asia pilots provide replicable examples of how stakeholder mapping and engagement strategies can be deployed as quickly as possible and factored in at every stage of investment implementation, thereby achieving the benefits of early community involvement without delay.


Our Team

Green Equity Asia is a dynamic team of experts comprising global leaders in conservation and governance reform innovations, thirty years of international experience with Biodiversity diplomacy and environmental governance,  thought leaders on law and land tenure, scientists, Cambodia’s leading NGO focused on community engagement, and a growing cadre of local community engagement professionals.

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Brian has more than 25 years of experience in international environmental governance, collaborative management, served as Legal Advisor to Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment and most recently managed the project to create its Environment and Natural Resources Code.



With more than 10 years of international experience in sustainable development, ecology and GIS, Pyrou works throughout the Lower Mekong Region as a Senior Advisor on natural resource, land and data initiatives.



Yara has 10 years of experience working with poor communities to improve land tenure security, and currently leads the Community Empowerment and Development Team, a Cambodian NGO leading the development of collaborative management models.



A tropical ecologist by training, Megan has more than 15 years of international experience in managing partners on donor-funded, government, and private sector projects.

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William has three decades of global experience practicing environmental law and developing environmental policy, particularly in Asia, including twenty years as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency Senior Executive Service.

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Mia has over a decade of social science research and legal advocacy experience, including recently developing environmental law in Cambodia. She currently develops tools to track development and SDG implementation in the Lower Mekong Region.



The Mekong river is the second most biodiverse river in the world, after the Amazon, and supports the world’s largest freshwater capture fishery of about 2.3 million tonnes/year with an estimated commercial value of US $2000 million/year.

Mekong River Commission, FAO / Read Full Article



Our Partners

Green Equity Asia is a collaborative initiative of East-West Management Institute and NGOs committed to sustainable development and local communities.



The East-West Management Institute (EWMI) works to strengthen democratic societies by bringing together government, civil society and the private sector to build accountable, capable and transparent institutions and solve problems. Founded in 1988, EWMI operates through partnerships, grants and contracts with bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, support from private foundations, as well as its own initiatives. EWMI concentrates on developing local institutions that are accountable, capable, transparent and thus able to fulfill their mandates long after donors depart. EWMI’s success is based on almost 30 years of pragmatic field experience in over 30 countries, and the understanding that each local context is unique. 



The Community Empowerment and Development Team (CEDT), a Cambodian NGO headquartered in Phnom Penh, was established in May 2009 with the goal to strengthen poor communities, improve their living conditions and ultimately support communities to realize their rights. CEDT is registered as a non-profit organization with the Ministry of Interior, Cambodia.