While construction is well underway villagers say, “We have received nothing so far… no official from any department has come to talk to us.”
The 131 approved businesses and industries for these zones are not “green, high-tech, and knowledge-based” as stated goals–they’re completely the opposite.
But the real game changer will be the Pan-Asia Railway Network, with separate routs via Vietnam and Cambodia, one through Laos and the third through Myanmar.
“It’s basically under the guise of internationalizing China, but it’s more about resource extraction and attaining materials.”
The human rights footprint of Thais is on the rise–linking malpractice of businesses, environmental destructions and large displacements.
With IFC’s partnership, they hope to become a world leader with regards to putting principles for sustainable water resource management and hydropower planning into practice.
The issue poses significant challenges for the Southeast Asian state’s future trajectory.
Experts applaud Vietnam’s decision not to license the 1,200 MW Vung Ang II coal-fired thermal power project, saying that this is a ‘necessary caution’.
Climate migrants are further exposing the need for Bangkok planners to come up with better methods to confine urban sprawl, cope with climate change and ensure a better deal for all.
Without free, informed and prior consent from the public, international disputes may arise, as was seen with the Myitsone Dam and the Letpadaung Copper Mine.