The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department is exploring opportunities to work with its partners in neighbouring countries to step up efforts to protect national parks with transboundary features.
Cambodia’s Hun Sen highly encouraged these countries to form the Association of the Rice Exporting Countries (AREC).
The PM was responding to a question raised about whether the fracture of a dam in Laos’ Attapeu province would affect Laos’ approach to hydropower development.
In Thailand, however, communities are being evicted from national parks under a law aimed at conserving forests.
Though floods from the Lao dam collapse occured two months ago, people are yet to experience the worst of it.
The Lao Government and Viet Phương Group (VPG) will implement a US$650 million bauxite mining and processing project in Laos’ Sekong province.
The fourth Industrial Revolution offers integration opportunities given the rising role of soft and digital connectivity within economies.
The Mekong River Committee plans to hold an open forum this month on the development of hydropower dams along the river. NGOs plan to boycott the event.
Those in power must give stronger voices to marginalised communities and protection to natural flood defenses.