Southeast Asian countries need tougher plastic policies to curb pollution - U.N.

Southeast Asian countries, among the world’s worst ocean polluters, need tougher regulations for plastic packaging to curb leakage, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. Southeast Asia is a major contributor to land-based plastic waste leaking into the world’s oceans, with more than half of it ...

Gov’t orders illegal migration organisations to be shut down

The Government has ordered authorised agencies to strictly handle any individuals or organisations that illegally send Vietnamese citizens abroad. The order follows a new resolution, recently issued by the Government after its regular meeting held in Hà Nội. Accordingly, the Government assigned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ...

Chinese and Mekong cops team up against one of Asia's biggest meth cartels

Chinese drug police are working with Mekong countries to strike at the heart of a mega-rich meth syndicate as the region targets top-level drug traffickers instead of street dealers. The porous and lawless border areas of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos have for decades been a hub ...

Shenzhen Institute of Planning to undertake Sihanoukville masterplan

The Shenzhen Urban Planning and Design Institute has been commissioned to undertake a masterplan to transform Sihanoukville into a modern sprawling metropolis, using the Shenzhen experience as its secret recipe. The institute is a planning, consulting, research and design agency that focuses on creating and pragmatically ...

Regional network to strengthen agriculture in Laos

A workshop on “Network for Agriculture and Rural Development Think-tanks for Countries in the Mekong sub-region” provided a platform for stakeholders to discuss their work plans. The workshop took place on Wednesday and was chaired by the Deputy Director General of the National Agriculture and Forestry ...

Italy supports Việt Nam in improving statistics system

Việt Nam and Italy have had success in their work together to improve the national Vietnamese statistic system, an official has said. Dr Nguyễn Bích Lâm, General Director of the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Việt Nam, made the statement at a meeting to assess the ...

The Small Grant for Training Course/ Field Trip on Mekong Youth and Agro-Ecology

Mekong Youth Farm Network (Y-Farm) has been developed by enthusiastic youth from countries in the Mekong Region. Y-Farm focuses on five main fields/issues that relate to youth development and sustainable agriculture in the region including (i) training courses and farm improvement; (ii) youth exchange on farming ...

2019 Science Week: Resetting research priorities for healthy and sustainable food systems

The current food system is responsible for producing one-fifth of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, losing approximately one-third of edible food in production, inabilities access to healthy and fresh food sources and are causing one-third of the world’s land degradation. Furthermore, an estimate of two billion ...

Job Opportunity - Open Development Vietnam Coordinator

The Open Development Initiative (ODI) is an open data and information network developed by East-West Management Institute, Inc. (EWMI) that sheds light on development trends in the Mekong Region. ODI’s objective is to increase public awareness, enable individual analysis, improve information sharing, and inform rigorous ...

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