The Mekong delta is home to 17 million people, a major source of rice for the region and it underpins a quarter of Vietnam’s GDP – yet most of it is sinking.
Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has requested the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment strengthen inspections on environmental protection in mineral mining.
The Lao Government and Viet Phương Group (VPG) will implement a US$650 million bauxite mining and processing project in Laos’ Sekong province.
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.
As investment in hydropower and construction projects ramp up, ecosystems and communities along Southeast Asia’s longest river are paying the price.
Open pit coal mines in Vietnam cause toxic trace metal element accumulation in the edible parts of crops.
“It’s basically under the guise of internationalizing China, but it’s more about resource extraction and attaining materials.”
Fifteen dead and 45 injured in yet another incident at one of Myanmar’s jade mines.
Cambodia’s Supreme upheld a low court’s decision to sentence three environmental activists for their anti-sand dredging campaign activities in Koh Kong province.
The Mekong Subregion’s key natural capital stocks are in a state of decline. How to reverse course?
China has a colonial agenda with Laos. It provides aid and investment, but both come at the cost of Laotian sovereignty.