Rampant corruption means that officials close one eye to the harvesting and smuggling of illegal timber – mostly to China and Vietnam – with this rapid deforestation threatening Cambodia’s economy, food security and biodiversity.
Meteorological officials from Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia met in Vientiane on Tuesday to discuss and learn about advanced climate modelling.
Myanmar produces approximately 3,000 megawatts of hydropower at any one time. With the addition of solar, Myanmar can become one of the greenest countries in Southeast Asia.
China acknowledged criticism of its Belt and Road Initiative at last month’s forum in Beijing, at which the Myitsone dam was off the agenda (at least publicly) at talks with Myanmar.
Communities in the Asian deltas are the biggest losers, with the combined effect of sand mining, hydropower dams and groundwater extraction causing large areas of land to sink and shrink.
The cabinet hopes the tax will help reduce the number of vehicles on the road and therefore also reduce fine-particulate pollution over the long-term.