Seven NGOs point to serious flaws in the EU agreement due to the continuous flow of illegal timber into Vietnamese market from neighboring countries, especially Cambodia.
The first National Strategy has taken effect, with the aim of turning Thailand into a developed country by 2037.
China is not alone in trying to control Mekong. Laos also plans a dam to generate power for sale to Thailand. Vietnam, where the Mekong flows into the South China Sea, is against the project, but Laos is not budging.
Experts have slammed a resort planned by a US company in the Bach Ma National Park, saying it will destroy and pollute the environment.
A sustainable economic model based on recycling, remanufacturing and reuse is gaining adherents around the globe and in Thailand.
Needs two years to implement the ban as some recently granted import licences ran until 2021, and time to set up an efficient system for sorting its own plastic waste, which was more expensive to process.
The provision of the law is seen as an effort to end the chronic problem in which many state departments have previously carried out various state development projects without approval from the parliament and the government.
Although 70pc of Myanmar’s population relies on income from agriculture, the government is planning to spend just 4pc of the budget on the sector in 2018-19.