More than 400 villagers from 13 communities from southwestern Cambodia’s Sihanoukville province staged a protest on Friday, demanding that a local court drop charges against four locals detained by authorities for “violently occupying” disputed property.
Leaders of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand agreed on a common vision to push for the region’s true potential while at the Asean World Economic Forum in Vietnam this week.
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.
About a fifth of Cambodians live below the national poverty line, according to the World Bank.
Cambodia’s Hun Sen highly encouraged these countries to form the Association of the Rice Exporting Countries (AREC).
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 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.