Mekong Eye

Thailand’s rich freshwater biodiversity under threat

The Thai government has taken efforts to tackle climate change by building a large number of water retention projects. But they could threaten the country’s freshwater biodiversity unless new sustainable solutions are taken into consideration.In a remote forest in Thailand’s western Ratchaburi province, a team ...

Pratch Rujivanarom

Feel the people’s power flow

Amid the jubilation, there was a brief moment of uneasiness. Last September, during a ceremony to award the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Equator Prize held at the Boon Rueang wetland forest in Chiang Rai province, participants noticed the ground was much drier than it ...

Damning evidence of dam's impacts on rainforest birds

A study by an international team of conservation scientists found that a dam built in Thailand 31 years ago has caused the local bird population to collapse.Keep reading ...

In Search of Maritime Grand Strategy: Thailand’s fisheries policy under the military rule

Thai governments, for decades, have never treated the problem of forced labors and other serious allegations against its billion-dollar fishing industry as its primary concerns. Worse still, since the coup in 2014 Thailand’s ruling junta has constantly faced the mounting pressure at home and abroad. ...

Thailand moves to send poor quality plastic waste back where it came from

A new policy from Thai government, aimed at cracking down on illegal waste imports, will place added pressure on struggling UK recycling sector. JOE SANDLER CLARKE investigates for UnearthedThe government of Thailand has pledged to start sending plastic scrap back where it came from as ...

Joe Sandler Clarke

Reckoning With Human Rights Violations in Thailand’s Extraterritorial Investments

As Thailand’s investments across ASEAN increase, the country must commit to human rights due diligence that has been lacking.The intensive growth of Thai investments in ASEAN countries in recent years has demonstrated significant potential opportunities to expand markets and provide access to transboundary supply chains, ...

Wora Suk

Southeast Asia’s tigers show slight revival but remain under pressure

According to the best estimates, some 100,000 tigers used to roam through parts of Asia. But that was more than a century ago. Today, experts estimate that worldwide only some 3,800 tigers have survived in the wild. This marks a slight improvement for the big ...

Cross-border transport agreement makes progress

Myanmar and Thailand will sign an MOU for the Initial Implementation of a Cross-border Transport Agreement (IICBTA), to facilitate transport between countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in late August.Upon signing the MOU, Myanmar will start cross-border transport activities with Thailand, said U Aung ...

Chan Mya Htwe

Cambodia, Thailand end cross-border rail transport talks

Cambodia and Thailand on Friday concluded negotiations on the transport of goods and people by train across their shared border, with an official agreement expected to be signed in upcoming months.Keep reading ...

Chea Vannak

Dead in the Water: New book tells real story of Nam Theun 2

When I tell people I went to my first meeting on the Nam Theun 2 (NT2) hydropower project in Laos way back in 1991, I sometimes don’t know whether to be embarrassed or proud. At times it seems it has become an unhealthy obsession. But ...

Bruce Shoemaker

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