Posted inStory / Vietnam

Forget Phuket, here’s Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s big tourism hope

But the scale of tourism is putting too much pressure on the island’s infrastructure. Statistics from the local natural resources and environment office show the island generates nearly 200 tons of waste and 18,000 cubic metres of waste water a day while the collection capacity is only around 60 per cent, according to a 2019 report published by the magazine of the Vietnam Environment Administration.

Posted inOpinion / Opinion

The Oscars for Earth Day

Best International Feature Film: The Rocket (2013). Filmed in Laos, the movie opens with the main character, a young boy, swimming down to the depths of a lake to visit his old village, now inundated beneath a reservoir created by a hydropower dam. Soon, his relocated village must move once again to make way for yet another reservoir; a character in a temporary encampment laments that the country is selling electricity to “all of bloody Asia” with none left for them.

Posted inStory / Thailand

Locals fear water conflict as new industrial boom arrives along Thailand’s eastern seaboard

“Even before the EEC, there was a troublesome lack of water in the eastern seaboard area,” said Somnuck Jongmeewasin, a conservationist and research director at EEC Watch. “In my local community, there’s a lack of water. If we want water, we have to buy and it’s very expensive. The industrial sector can get the water because they have money. This is the inequality.”