San Mala, of the Forest Defenders Project of the Cambodia says the state bore primary responsibility for the loss of all those natural resources – justified at the time by mostly unfulfilled promises of economic development in rural areas – because the state’s decision making process excluded input from civil society organisations and citizens, nor did they share any information on these deals with the public beforehand.
“We have been separating peace, justice, and the rule of law from each other. Actually, these three elements are the same thing. To create peace, we must also create justice, and the law must also be fair.”
The weather was complicated and unusual, and severe and prolonged saltwater intrusion and drought in the Mekong Delta also makes aquatic products susceptible to disease.
Authorities stated that sand mining had not collapsed the riverbank, but locals say the riverbank had never collapsed before the sand mining moved to the section of the river.
The British monitoring group Conflict and Environment Observatory (CEOBS) claims that deforestation of primary rainforest at the heart of the country spiralled since the military took over.
Thai authorities want to cap the number of tourists at Maya Bay to rescue its stressed marine ecosystem. The iconic cove from “The Beach” had to be sealed off to the public after almost all its coral was destroyed.
Researchers have installed camera traps at 11 locations Eld’s Deer are thought to live in the sanctuary, covering a total of 5,093ha located along the Mekong River.
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.
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.