Instead of committing to the goal of mitigating climate change by phasing out fossil-fuel industries, the Thai government has chosen to go after an easy target – the poor and the landless.
Farmers and fisherman in the Mekong Delta are grappling with drought and worsening water salinity as low river flows compromise livelihoods.
The report did not mention the details of the cooperation but said that both countries could benefit from the exchange of ideas, experience, and technology.
Villagers living near the compound have claimed that the company logs trees at wildlife sanctuaries – especially at Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary – and passes the timber off as being obtained from within their economic land concessions.
Perhaps most alarming, experts expect that droughts and disruptions to the water flow of the Mekong will become more common, and they warn that it could eventually lead to the collapse of the entire ecosystem.
Their letter calls on the governments to give priority to green and renewable energy over current national energy policy prioritizing hydropower, coal and natural gas despite their potential social and environmental impacts.
It would be political suicide of any individual or group in Myanmar to come out in support of Myitsone and other mega hydro projects.