It’s a “shadowy agreement” made by the Myanmar government to allow the export of 5,000 tons of hardwood timber, including 3,000 tons of highly prized teak.
The Mekong delta is home to 17 million people, a major source of rice for the region and it underpins a quarter of Vietnam’s GDP – yet most of it is sinking.
Thai and Cambodian civil society organizations rejected an invitation from the Lao government to attend a regional stakeholder forum on the Pak Lay dam, saying the process is not transparent.
Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has requested the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment strengthen inspections on environmental protection in mineral mining.
The arc where mountains meet the plains via the Mekong and other major river valleys form the Indo-Burma hotspot that includes Laos is well known as an area of immense natural and ecological value.
USAID awarded $21 million to improve nature conservation and strengthen sustainable development in the Prey Lang region.
Despite increasing demand for clean agricultural products, the production of clean agricultural products remains insignificant and the majority of consumers find it difficult to get access to clean farm produce.
More than 23,000 suspects have been arrested since 2015 on suspicion of engaging in illegal logging and poaching wild animals, costing the state an estimated 100 billion baht in losses.
Military regime justified its coup on uprooting the previous government’s boondoggle rice price scheme but four years later it’s not clear farmers are any better off