More than 23,000 suspects have been arrested since 2015 on suspicion of engaging in illegal logging and poaching wild animals, costing the state an estimated 100 billion baht in losses.
The Mekong River Commission organised a consultation workshop in HCM City yesterday for the Pak Lay hydropower project proposed on the Mekong’s mainstream in Xayaburi Province in north-western Laos.
Some conservationists, however, have now come to see tourism – and diving in particular – as the solution to the global coral-reef decline.
The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department is exploring opportunities to work with its partners in neighbouring countries to step up efforts to protect national parks with transboundary features.
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.
Remains keen to export hydropower despite charges its dam building is harming the environment and threatening livelihoods.
Community-based tourism is starting to become popular and the Mekong River plays an important role, but dam building could prove harmful to the sector.
In June 2018, a leaked environmental impact assessment report on the proposed Sambor Hydropower Dam could “literally kill the [Mekong] river”.