Huge convoys of trucks packed with timber, drive straight out of protected areas and across the border into Vietnam, yet the EU has struck a deal with Vietnam that will allow it to certify its own timber exports to Europe.
The issue of property rights looms large as part of various issues that the Southeast Asian country and its people are contending with.
Myanmar has become an important transit point for the illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The 12th Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 1, on the sidelines of the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-52).
China is taking control of the flow of Southeast Asia’s most important river through a dam-building “spree”, and “rapid-blasting”, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warns.
The people in the lower Mekong predict the unstable water level will decimate migratory fish stocks and impact food security in an area where local communities depend on river fish.
“We believe that Vietnam will have the capacity to resolve their power shortages by increasing electricity imports over the coming years, which will come largely from Laos and China.”
Instead of committing to the goal of mitigating climate change by phasing out fossil-fuel industries, the Thai government has chosen to go after an easy target – the poor and the landless.
Farmers and fisherman in the Mekong Delta are grappling with drought and worsening water salinity as low river flows compromise livelihoods.
The report did not mention the details of the cooperation but said that both countries could benefit from the exchange of ideas, experience, and technology.