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.
The disastrous events happened just one day after officials checked the strength of the dam and announced that there was no need to worry.
China’s BRI has run into a hurdle in Myanmar, with Naypyidaw reducing the scope of Beijing’s loans for the Kyaukpyu Port, fearing a debt trap.
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.
Delegates discussed solutions and made decisions on forest fire and haze pollution control in ASEAN and GMS countries.
The proposal included the construction of six outposts that would be supported by villagers in the areas.
There is no shortcut to a sustainable and inclusive PPP program. If the government goes headlong, it could face political backlash.
The port is a key part of BRI to expand global trade links, but many in Myanmar are wary of becoming too dependent on China