Large sections of the Pak Lay study “are simply copied directly from the (2015) Pak Beng [report]” – which an MRC review found was inaccurate.
NGO warns that a timber trade deal in Kayah State represents “a significant step backwards” to forestry reform and urged the authorities to revoke the agreement.
But now, so many people are getting rich by taking sand from the riverbed, draining underground water, excavating the earth for mining, and cutting down forests for timber, just taking as much as they can.
China’s Belt and Road Iniative could deliver more damage to an already fragile ecosystem that helps support some 284 million people.
What makes Vietnam special, to the chagrin of environmentalists, is that it ranks among the top five countries in the world that send plastic trash into the ocean.