But the current direction of development shows that regional decision-makers do not acknowledge the broader value of the river, ignoring other users of this shared resource.
If China is serious about achieving its “Asian community of common destiny”, which promotes regional peace, development, and prosperity, it must improve its lines of communication. Meanwhile, downstream nations must come together and act as one counterbalance to China’s strategic dominance upstream.
Though the subregional mechanism, the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC), exists — through which India engages with the five nations in the Mekong subregion — it focuses on socio-economic and cultural cooperation such as connectivity, trade, tourism, etc.
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.
Development and large-scale investment projects such as China’s BRI are not waiting for a national land law to be finalized and adopted, but instead are using the current uncertain political situation and pro-business laws.
We thought we could push the government to act on an arguably life-or-death issue. But we were fighting against a mammoth organisation with the inertia factor of a large glacier.
Human rights and environmental conservation are inseparable – and the nations of Southeast Asia should treat them as such.
A series of reports this year show that protected forest areas across Cambodia are under increasing threat from land grabs and deforestation.
A feel-good story about an elephant has distracted attention from the dire state of the environment in Cambodia.
Without public support, this new task force risks becoming just another bureaucratic agency content to massage the figures rather than tackle the problem.