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Striking a Balance Between Conservation and Development of the Lower Mekong

. . CHIANG RAI – The Lower Mekong has been a hotspot for mega-projects and developments initiated by the governments of Mekong River Basin countries and big private investors. Depending on who you speak to, there are naturally differing perspectives in regard to the future of the Mekong River, as most people living along the […]

February 16th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Green and Healthy, or Dirty and Dangerous? East Asia’s Cities Grapple with Growth

. . BANGKOK – As millions of people pour into East Asia’s cities each year, the region’s governments face the pressing task of easing the enormous strain on resources and infrastructure, and limiting residents’ exposure to disasters and climate change risks. “In future, two out of every three people will live in a city,” said […]

February 16th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Street Food Vendors in Thailand Going Green with Zero-Waste Packaging Made from Bamboo

. BANGKOK – To tackle Thailand’s mounting trash problem, Universal Biopack is turning to the country’s plant life to make pakaging that it sells to restaurants and manufacturersrather than plastic. Universal Biopack is using a mixture of bamboo and cassava, crops that are widely found across the country. After growing rapidly in recent decades, Thailand […]

February 13th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

New Study Highlights the Impact of Chinese Dams on Lower Mekong

. . Dam construction has resulted in widely fluctuating river flow in the Mekong, threatening fish productivity, which is key to the region’s economy. Large dams on the Mekong River in China’s Yunnan Province have considerable impacts on downstream river flows, new research by myself and colleagues at Aalto University in Finland and published recently in […]

February 8th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Mekong Projects Must Consider the Impact on Environment

. The Mekong runs through six countries in the region and it is not right that one or two be allowed to make a short-sighted decision on what to do with the river. It still remains unclear about who will really benefit from what Prayut is talking about. China uses the Mekong more than other […]

February 8th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Thailand Will Lose More than it Gains by Blowing up Rapids in the Mekong River

. . CHIANG RAI –  A senior researcher for Thailand’s Development Research Institute (TDRI), Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu reports, Thailand stands to lose more than it gains from its decision to join China in blowing up rapids in the Mekong River to ease the passage of large shipping vessels. In an interview with the Bangkok Post Ms.Rattanakhamfu […]

January 19th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Thailand’s Military Government Ignoring the Risks on the Mekong River to Appease China

. . CHIANG RAI – The Prayut Chan-o-cha Government made an out-of-the-blue decision that paves the way for the demolition of the Mekong River’s rocky outcrops for the sake of “improved waterway navigation” near Chang Saen, Chiang Rai. Thailand’s Military installed governments backing of China’s blasting plan of the Mekong River inlet in Chiang Rai […]

January 17th, 2017 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

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