From Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos, to Indonesia, the impacts from transborder investments were discussed at the forum organised by Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission and Forest People Programme. It ends tomorrow.
In June 2018, a leaked environmental impact assessment report on the proposed Sambor Hydropower Dam could “literally kill the [Mekong] river”.
A forum addressed the “global crisis” of killings and abuses linked to land. Several attendees were former members of Mother Nature Cambodia, an activist group heavily targeted by authorities.
Activists say inequality is built into negotiation system, smaller countries being drowned out
Countries through which the Mekong River – one of the world’s largest, longest rivers – runs, have been working on ways to manage the opportunities and challenges that come from their shared borders.
Wealthy nations’ drastic increase in construction sand consumption contributes to erosion of estuaries. Sand worth US$752m was imported by Singapore from Cambodia between 2007 and 2016.
Offshore wind energy could grow from the current 4.5 GW into a major $20-30 billion annual global market in the coming decade and the emerging Asian markets stand to benefit the most
As investment in hydropower and construction projects ramp up, ecosystems and communities along Southeast Asia’s longest river are paying the price.