Illegal logging mars Magwe’s deep forests

Illegal logging is rife in Magwe, but the region still boasts many areas of untouched forest.( Nay Aung / The Myanmar Times)

The scene is lined with turquoise mountains, surrounded by white cloud. Wherever you look you can see green-tinted hills and mist. This is the western fringe of Magwe Region in central Myanmar, on the border with Rakhine State, where valuable ...

Yunnan: China's bridge to South and Southeast Asia

Image Credit: Flickr/ Xiquinho Silva

China is revisiting its periphery with a new, localized approach to regional multilateralism. China is revisiting the importance of its peripheries for engaging with its neighbors according to its ambitious economic plans. Beijing’s new approach is a top-down regulatory regionalism in exploring economic engagement ...

New community fisheries project to preserve Mekong's biodiversity

Mr Bounthong Saphakdy ( left ) shakes hand with Mr Somphone Bouasavanh after signing the MoU in Vientiane.

A new community fisheries project in the Mekong River was launched in Vientiane on August 28 with the Department of Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry agreeing to cooperate with the Worldwide Fund for Nature. A memorandum of understanding was ...

Vietnam considers buying electricity from Laos to ease reliance on China


Vietnam may import electricity from Laos to minimize the risks from relying on Chinese imports and to offset supply shortages caused by cutting off power sources which pollute the environment. Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has urged the Ministry of ...

Japan readies 100bn yen in lending for Myanmar

Some of the Japanese financing will go toward infrastructure improvements in Yangon, Myanmar's most populous city. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

Japan plans to extend about $994 million in low-interest lending to Myanmar for such projects as railways and water treatment plants, the latest step in Tokyo's push to bolster ties with the Southeast Asian country. This would mark Japan's first development ...

Human-induced climate change began earlier than previously thought

The first signs of warming from the rise in greenhouse gases which came hand-in-hand with the Industrial Revolution appear as early as 1830. Photograph: Print Collector/Getty Images

Signs of warming appear as early as 1830 say researchers, whose analysis will help build accurate baseline of temperature before influence of human activity. Continents and oceans in the northern hemisphere began to warm with industrial-era fossil fuel emissions nearly 200 ...

MRLG releases report on land tenure for Cambodian smallholder farmers


Mekong Region Land Governance has published a new report on land tenure and future allocation requirements for smallholder farmers in Cambodia, titled They Will Need Land: he current land tenure situation and future land allocation needs of smallholder farmers in Cambodia, ...

IDI and MRLG release new report on land conflict transformation


Inclusive Development International and Mekong Region Land Governance have released a new report titled Innovative approach to land conflict transformation:
Lessons learned from the HAGL/ indigenous communities’ mediation process in Ratanakiri, Cambodia.

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MPE calls for comments on draft EIA participation guidelines


Mekong Partnership for the Environment has issued a call for public comments on the draft Regional Guidelines on Public Participation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), developed by the Regional Technical Working Group on EIA. See below for the full text ...

IDI publishes new report on Chinese investment in ASEAN infrastructure


Inclusive Development International (IDI) released "Making Inroads: Chinese Infrastructure Investment in ASEAN and Beyond," a new report that sheds light on the rapidly changing landscape of infrastructure finance driven by China in the region.
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Uncovering Asia: the second Asian investigative journalism conference

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The Global Investigative Journalism Network, Centre for Investigative Journalism and Konrad-Adenauer-Stifftung will present the second Asian investigative journalism conference in Kathmandu, Nepal on September 23-25, 2016. 

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CGIAR presents Greater Mekong conference on Water, Food and Energy


The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems will present the sixth annual Greater Mekong conderence on Water, Food and Energy on November 9 to 11 2016 in Bangkok. CGIAR are accepting applications to host sessions until August 1 ...

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