Don’t fear Western “debt-trap diplomacy” accusations, as Chinese funding comes with no political strings attached.
Thailand is ranked 22nd on the global list of greenhouse emitters, yet it is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
A bio-based economy or bioeconomy is seen as the solution, spanning five sectors: bioenergy, biochemicals, food, animal feed and biopharmaceuticals.
160 reservoirs low on water; farmers told to avoid crops needing heavy irrigation; worries rise for dry season.
As for the ODA projects, dubbed “Tokyo Strategy 2018,” they will focus on three main areas — effective connectivity, people-centered societies as well as environment and disaster management.”
Among the main challenges the government faces today in relation to land use are land disputes, the inability of the government to give permission to invest in vast land areas, outdated laws and procedures, no connection and compatibility between laws that are enacted in different sectors.
Almost 70 hotels on Phuket have pledged to reduce plastic use – the first in a raft of measures to conserve and preserve the Thai island
However, a key question being asked by the public, scholars and policymakers is whether Laos will truly benefit from serving as a regional land bridge?
An estimated 80 million bombs dropped by the U.S. military in the 1960s and 1970s remain throughout the Southeast Asian country.
The US$60 billion, Washington-based Global Innovation Fund, is a U.S. effort “to more directly compete with China in these developing countries.”