On the Mekong and elsewhere women around the world who depend upon and steward freshwater resources face similar threats as they grapple with longstanding gender inequities in decision-making on water control and management.
Assessments fail because investors will lose upfront project costs if the dam isn’t approved and, because there’s no effective independent regulatory system in Laos to ensure accurate project planning and accountability.
Growing health issues, conflicts over land seizures, climate change and the economic viability of renewables have yet to bring about a change of course.
Police charged a man with animal trafficking after finding 76 pangolins in the back of his truck He said the pangolins were on their way to be used in traditional medicine in China.
The Thai government will push for completion of the Thai-Sino high-speed railway project linking Bangkok and Nong Khai by 2023 so it can connect to another fast rail project in Laos.
The company has been embroiled in numerous controversies surrounding alleged fraud, corruption and bribery in many other countries where it implemented similar development projects.
Lack of transparency and corruption between government and dam construction companies is at the heart of the problem preventing change.