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Mekong: Reducing Forest Crime And Deforestation

A new Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)-For-Trade project, in collaboration with the United Nations (UN) Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) Programme’s initiative for the Lower Mekong, will promote trade and sustainable forest management (SFM) and at ...

'Nothing about the Mekong is normal now’: Anger along Southeast Asia’s great river as water levels become unpredictable

Thailand: From a distance, it is hard to make sense of the small patches of green emerging from the cracking mud flats of the Mekong River. They are not oases, nor sprouts of river grass along dusty channels where water normally flows; they are golf greens.Recently, ...

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 ...

Govt urged to tax Mekong development projects

Local communities along the Mekong River are asking the government to establish a fund, made up of collected tax revenues from development projects on the waterway, to compensate villagers affected by them.“This fund [should] not be a corporate social responsibility scheme,” said Ormbun Thipsuna, president ...

Community responsible for subregional interests in Mekong-Lancang

The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Mechanism (MLC) is a cooperation mechanism in line with the current trend of globalisation and integration.The MLC aims to promote comprehensive cooperation to build a community of responsibilities and common interests in the subregion. In addition, the MLC also has other goals ...

Mekong action results in huge haul of drugs

More than 32 million methamphetamine pills have been seized thanks to a two-month-long coordinated anti-drug campaign by countries in the Mekong Delta, says the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).The joint campaign was implemented in Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia since December, and ...

Bangkok Post Reporter

Dams a threat to Mekong

Almost a decade ago, Vietnam was the most vocal neighbour in opposing Laos’ first dam on the Mekong River. Now, it has become a partner in the Lao government’s Luang Prabang dam project — its fifth on the mighty river. This new partnership is worrying, ...

Editorial

Dams destroy the Mekong and damage tourism

Every day thousands of tourists soak up life on the Mekong River, the seventh longest river in Asia. They take cruises, stay at boutique hotels or tuck into a grand lunch at a riverside restaurant.  The river is the most compelling reason they travel to a ...

Don Ross

Push to boost cross-border economic ties with Mekong-Lancang countries

Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said on Monday (October 7) that the Cabinet has approved a proposal for cross-border economic ties under the Mekong-Lancang cooperation framework.The director-general of the Department of Trade Negotiation has also been given the job of visiting Laos on October 8 to ...

The Nation Reporter

When the Mekong has no fish, and the land can’t grow

The government’s push to reclaim forest land from encroachers in Ubon Ratchathani’s Khong Chiam district has threatened members of two communities who now face arrest and eviction from their land. To make things worse, construction of Chinese dams in the upper Mekong River in the ...

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