Some 50,000 acres of land area near Thanlyin, Yangon, has been earmarked for the development of both the port and SEZ. “We need an international standard deep sea port as 90 percent of national sea trade relies on Yangon’s ports.
“Damage has been done to some extent to the river’s ecosystem by urban development and economic expansion. We need to protect the river immediately,” said the minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation in Mandalay Region.
Nicknamed Cambodia’s “beating heart,” the vast Tonle Sap Lake is Southeast Asia’s largest. Now, the country is trying to stop the loss of its lifeblood: the fish that thrive in these waters.
The water quality in the Sesan, Srepok and Sekong rivers threatens the livelihood of about 3.4 million people in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam because of human activity and hydropower dam development.
The changes in the river flow were to blame for the erosion that has been happening for a long time now. Another 100 houses are at risk of collapsing or being washed away.
Unless something is done, urgently, then Thailand, along with the southern tourist money-spinner, Phuket, will continue to lose tourists, especially when so many other countries are now going out of their way to welcome them.
Out of 4,411 families negatively affected by the project, only about 230 of them have been compensated. For many families, the compensation amount hasn’t been set but their land has already been given away.
Areas such as water supply and demand management, water quality management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, meteorology and hydrology management and operation, pollution control, and environment planning and monitoring.