More than two-thirds of around 2,300 ethnic Vietnamese families living in a “floating village” have been evicted from their homes, despite concerns over a lack of infrastructure on the land demarcated for their relocation.
Indigenous communities in the Mekong are recording stories and legends to explore how these narratives can help exposing the destructive impact of large-scale projects in the region.
Neighbouring countries upstream of the rivers like the Mekong tend to exploit the water resources, creating more pressure on Vietnam’s water security.
The central city of Da Nang, in cooperation with the European Union (EU), has launched a pilot project to develop solar energy in the city.
According to initial plans, construction of temporary houses for victims of the flood caused by the collapse of a dam at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower plant was to be completed in last November but construction is still ongoing.
Chinese-funded projects in Laos could hasten the eradication of the elephant population.
Environment-friendly coal- and gas-fueled and renewable power plants would make up the mix.
Promoting the rapid and sustainable development of ethnic minority groups and mountainous areas is the consistent policy of the Party.