New UN report makes clear that regional law-enforcement efforts have failed to curtail the unprecedented growth in the production of synthetic drugs like methamphetamine in the Mekong subregion.
Polluting production are facilities set up in wildlife preserves where rare Mreah Prew Phnom trees are killed to produce the illicit drug. For each tree harvested six more are felled for firewood to power the extraction.
New investment and government policies are oriented toward opening up the country, but the voices and aspirations of those who are among those being most affected by these dynamics – men and women in the small-scale fishery sector – are mostly invisible.
A new provision will allow the developer of certain infrastructure projects to acquire forest lands required for the construction of the project by paying a fee.