Just two decades ago Cambodia still had one of the world’s highest tiger populations, according to some estimates. Yet within a decade almost all the big cats in the war-torn country lost out to habitat loss and poachers.
Critics of the 1,285-megawatt Xayaburi hydropower dam in northern Laos fear recent upgrades to the controversial project won’t be enough to save the Mekong River from ecological damage.
The total water flow in the upstream Mekong Rivers was 28-31 per cent lower than the average amount recorded over many years.
A state-owned construction company is planning to build a 155 km (96 mile) expressway through the Mekong Delta using ODA and public funds.
The Lao government aspires to gain centrality in the Greater Mekong Subregion via new infrastructure; but at what price?
The four targeted zones are the Pakse-Japan SME SEZ, Savan Park, Saysettha Development Zone and the Vientiane Industrial and Trade Area (Vita Park).
Laos, Malaysia and Thailand have agreed to expand a trilateral power deal, under which Lao electricity will be sold to the Malaysians via the Thai grid.
Villagers in Kok Doung are among the 2.4 million people in Cambodia who have taken loans from microfinance companies. All told, the industry holds at least $8 billion in outstanding debt, the world’s highest average MFI loan.