Home to more than 300 million people and covering 2.6 million hectares, the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is a source of vast human and natural resources. Its six countries – Cambodia, PR China (Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces), Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam – have enjoyed a period of unprecedented economic growth. Much of this growth has been driven by increased regional connectivity and linkages in sectors such as transportation, telecommunications, energy production and usage, and cross-border trade.
The resulting economic gains have led to increased per capita incomes, improved education and health, and a better quality of life for many of the subregion's population.
The subregion’s vast natural resources, such as its minerals, coal, timber, petroleum, productive soils and fisheries, have underpinned this economic transformation, providing both income and sustenance to the great majority of its people.
However, the current exploitation of these resources, its natural capital, is not sustainable. The GMS countries recognize that the subregion’s future prosperity relies on better protection and management of its natural capital. With CEP, the six GMS countries are working together towards a more sustainable future.