No matter how big the state’s cleanup effort now, it cannot take the waterway back to its prior unspoiled state, though a polluter-pays policy would have helped
Long-running environmental saga no closer to a happy resolution
Raiwan Anan-uea, 48, recalls a simple and happy adolescence in the district of Rasi Salai, where a dozen villages shared the abundant resources available in this remote corner of Isan (north-eastern) Thailand. “All year round we could grow rice, beans, cucumbers and potatoes. We could pick bamboo, catch catfish and water snails, cultivate honey, graze […]
Industrial maize farming in Myanmar’s Shan State is devastating families and landscapes as well as fuelling ever-increasing levels of transboundary haze, generating urgent calls for serious changes to animal feed supply chains.
Apart from being a source of transboundary haze, poorly regulated contract farming is trapping the small farmers of Myanmar’s Shan State in a cycle of overwhelming debt, land dispossession and environmental degradation.
Diversified farming systems and agrobiodiversity are essential in defending food security and coping with climate crisis. But both are being undermined in Myanmar’s Shan State, where the industrial maize industry is making local farmers more vulnerable to climate change.
In 1992, an environmental struggle between local communities and the government began in Si Saket province of Northeast Thailand, when the government built the 17-meter-high Rasi Salai Irrigation Dam with little transparency or discussion with local villagers. Blocking the flow of the Mun River flooded a vast area of land that the villagers had utilised […]
A new report from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, shows how countries in Southeast Asia are recognising the right to a healthy environment in their laws, policies, and courts.
A discreet movement of smallholders within Vietnam’s massive coffee industry are leading efforts to ensure the industry’s survival amidst extensive climate change and market threats.
Seila is one of the few conservationists who spends the many hours of listening needed to earn the trust of locals.