Some conservationists, however, have now come to see tourism – and diving in particular – as the solution to the global coral-reef decline.
Over the past two years, Chinese investors appear to have invaded provinces in the North, such as Chiang Rai and Phayao, to grow Cavendish bananas after the practice was banned in Laos.
Kampot is one of Cambodia’s cultural jewels, but as George Styllis writes, a flood of Chinese gambling money is making residents of this small sleepy town nervous.
Why are Special Economic Zones so attractive to Vietnam’s government, despite proven shortcomings?
Though floods from the Lao dam collapse occured two months ago, people are yet to experience the worst of it.
The Mekong River Committee plans to hold an open forum this month on the development of hydropower dams along the river. NGOs plan to boycott the event.
Those in power must give stronger voices to marginalised communities and protection to natural flood defenses.