In Thailand, however, communities are being evicted from national parks under a law aimed at conserving forests.
Public and private banks can literally make or break an energy project when deciding what to finance. Sadly, though, most of the bank policy announcements we have seen this year amount to little more than window-dressing.
Despite no official record, some believed the number of kidnapped and unregistered workers could be up to 200,000.
These Mekong regional summits take place this weekend in Bangkok, and should be integrated into one body.
In towns and villages all along the Mekong River and many other rivers around the country, banks undermined by dredging are collapsing into the water, taking with them farm fields, fish ponds, shops, and homes.
Coal power pollution could increase CO2 emissions in Vietnam by 20 times and doom global efforts to curb warming.
Can the Mekong fisheries, worth more than US$2 billion annually, co-exist with the 100 hydropower dams planned for construction along the tributaries and main stem of the river?
It now seems inevitable that Myanmar will grant the deep water port and SEZ development to China, despite community concerns.
The proposal will further develop China-Myanmar cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative.
The SMART software helps forest rangers report, analyze, and manage field data to target their patrolling and management activities.