BUILDING THE COMMUNITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL INTERESTS IN LANCANG-MEKONG RIVER BASIN
The development and conservation of water environment in Lancang-Mekong Basin（LMB）has been a critical issue. This paper proposes building a community of environmental interests (COET) in the basin as a means to solve the problem regarding basin-wide water resources governance from a community point of view. This paper first introduces the concept of COET as an organic life form with multiple participants and presents four characteristics of COET combined with the feature of LMB.Then the necessity of building COET is analyzed from three aspects. Furthermore, a “five-step” plan to build COET is suggested. In the last part, both theoretical and practical values of this paper are discussed, and directions for future research are provided. This paper tries to enrich the work of the community by reconstructing the concept in the context of water resource governance, which expands the theoretical boundary of community theory. By identifying the four main characteristics of COET, this paper tries to enrich the body of knowledge in this field.