According to relocated villagers the houses were built by Asia World quickly using poor materials. Asia World, is a large Myanmar conglomerate founded by Lo Hsing Han, a former militia leader infamously dubbed the “Godfather of Heroin” by American officials.
The Royal Forest Department (RFD), along with numerous environmental activists have expressed their opposition to a plan to turn 30,000 rai of forest adjacent to Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary into a safari zone.
As part of the gold mining development project, the company will seek permission to establish the Lao People’s Bank to provide loans to local people and farmers in the project area.
Illegally harvested timber, as well as traders of this item, will not be able to enter the supply chain under new rules to comply with the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade.
A member of the Democrat Party’s policy committee has challenged the government to issue an executive decree to ban the use of the weed killer paraquat immediately.
Put bluntly, the Mekong River region represents a crucial testing ground for Beijing’s mid- to long-term ambitions — not acknowledged officially — to become the hegemon in East Asia and possibly beyond.
The Mekong region is projected to lose another third of its forest cover by 2030 at current rates of deforestation.
This year’s drought is just a preview of more dire problems to come if government don’t change course.