New hydropower dams on the Mekong River are leaving fishing and farming communities high and dry. The dams provide clean electricity, but they also cause massive damage to Cambodia’s plant and animal worlds.
This kind of fuzzy debt is neither new nor unique to Chinese development financing. Many other countries, including the United States, have been financing infrastructure in Southeast Asia for decades with deals that obfuscate the precise role of the state and its responsibilit
ASEAN leaders’ climate change pledges are undeliverable empty promises
Criminal gangs, with a long history of involvement in illegal logging in Myanmar and across Asia, have become better organized and efficient in harvesting and exporting illegal timber.
“We release and stock the fish along the Nam Ou River every year, ” Wang Peng, a PowerChina staff in charge of the Nam Ou reservoir immigration, adding that his company pays attention to the choice of fish, “even if the price is higher, we choose local fish fry, but not foreign species.”
Through a variety of data sources an evidence-based picture of electricity pricing and the electricity-generation business in Laos is revealed.
This initial bid round is for approximately 150MW, to be produced in equal amounts from biomass and biogas resources. Biomass power plants under this scheme cannot be larger than 6MW, and biogas plants may not exceed 3MW.
Gen Prayut promised that the government would try its best to help businesses with their transition to a low carbon economy and ensure that any negative consequences are minimised.
The government has been reluctant because the private sector and some government agencies fear the new rules will affect their thriving recycling factories that rely on the import of foreign scrap materials to boost their margins beyond what is achievable from only taking in local refuse.