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.
Cambodia’s Hun Sen highly encouraged these countries to form the Association of the Rice Exporting Countries (AREC).
In Thailand, however, communities are being evicted from national parks under a law aimed at conserving forests.
The fourth Industrial Revolution offers integration opportunities given the rising role of soft and digital connectivity within economies.
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.
Long before Belt & Road projects were seen as sovereignty-eroding debt traps, Bangkok’s military rulers were tactfully resisting the terms and reach of Beijing’s advances.
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.
From Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos, to Indonesia, the impacts from transborder investments were discussed at the forum organised by Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission and Forest People Programme. It ends tomorrow.
In June 2018, a leaked environmental impact assessment report on the proposed Sambor Hydropower Dam could “literally kill the [Mekong] river”.