Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand were involved in the latest round of Norwegian studies, which involved surveys of fish stocks, measurements of microplastic particles in the water, and microplastic contamination in fish.
One of the first recorded outbreaks of Panama disease in the 1950s nearly wiped out the Gros Michel variety of banana altogether.
The projects totaling US$9.43 billion are mainly in building infrastructure for transport connection, industrial parks and residential areas; along with in other areas like agriculture, industry, river protection and waste treatment.
Borikhamxay province in central Laos will serve as another key trade hub and land bridge once construction of the 5th Lao-Thai friendship bridge is completed and it becomes operational in coming years.
The Cambodian government has denied this connection, but emerging science provides compelling links between the two issues.
59 out of 63 provinces and localities of Vietnam have so far been infected with the disease. The country has culled at least 2.45 million pigs since the disease was first discovered in the northern region in early February.
Mining at the Hpakant and Lonekhin gems fields must shut down between July 1 to September 30 as waste pit collapses, landslides, human deaths and property and machinery damage usually occur in the rainy season.