In Thailand, however, communities are being evicted from national parks under a law aimed at conserving forests.
The Lao Government and Viet Phương Group (VPG) will implement a US$650 million bauxite mining and processing project in Laos’ Sekong province.
With the help of smart technologies Vietnam can become one of the top 15 most developed agricultural economies in the world in just ten years.
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.
Community-based tourism is starting to become popular and the Mekong River plays an important role, but dam building could prove harmful to the sector.