Local authorities are utilizing legal loopholes to avoid adhering to regulations that would protect the biodiversity of the Mekong River.
The community benefits attached to the Nam Theun 2 mega-dam were doomed from the start, experts who have researched the project told Devex.
There are over 461,300ha of natural forests, down 10,198ha from 2016 – partly due to illegal logging in recent years, including in some national protected areas.
There is no 4.0 revolution in education to ensure children in mountainous and remote areas do not drop out of school or have to swim past streams, climb up cliffs nor in healthcare.
For years, residents of six villages had opposed the gold mine operated by Tungkum Ltd., which they said contaminated their land and water, and sickened them with high levels of cyanide, arsenic and mercury.
Penalties for food safety violations upped by 350% after a string of embarrassing scandals, including the sale of chemically enhanced shrimp and coffee made from dirt and batteries.
Emerging nations like Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar struggle to follow Japan and China up employment value chain with not solution in sight.