Typhoon Haima churns toward China after lashing Philippines

A resident carries a sack of rice after Super Typhoon Haima destroyed his home and caused flooding at Vigan township, Ilocos Sur province in northern Philippines Oct. 21, 2016. (AP/Bullit Marquez)

Typhoon Haima churned toward southern China on October 21 after smashing into the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing seven people. China suspended rail services in several provinces on the mainland's south, where ...

Chàm Island to protect biodiversity

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The Centre of Biodiversity Conservation, GreenViet and the Management Board of Chàm Island has inked an Memorandum of Understanding on the protection of flora and fauna in the forest of the island. The Management Board said the MoU will allow surveying ...

Gov’t names 27 potential polluters

The Vĩnh Tân Thermal Power Plant 2. Up to 27 projects of seven State corporations are listed in a Ministry of Industry and Trade’s directive as being liable to cause environmental pollution. — Photo baohaiquan.vn

Up to 27 projects of seven State corporations are listed in a Ministry of Industry and Trade's directive as being liable to cause environmental pollution. In the directive on strengthening environmental protection issued this week, Minister of Industry and Trade Trần ...

Deputy PM greets US business council official

Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh (L) meets Peter Tichansky President of the BCIU in Hà Nội on October 21, 2016. — Photo VGP

Deputy Prime Minister Phạm Bình Minh has suggested the US-based Business Council for International Understanding endorse the early ratification and implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and help Việt Nam carry out the pact effectively. Minh, who is also Foreign Minister, ...

Myanmar weighs merits of India bean agreement

Bean traders make a deal. Photo: Staff

India is playing hardball with Myanmar’s beans and pulses sector, pushing for a per-tonne deal that falls well short of domestic market rates. Assistant director of the Ministry of Commerce U Khin Maung Lwin confirmed that Myanmar and India are locked ...

Rice harvest prompts wary sales


The government will pause its efforts to dispose of state rice stocks to curb any adverse impact on domestic rice prices as the latest harvest enters the market. According to Duangporn Rodphaya, director-general of the Foreign Trade Department, with the ...

Regional guidelines on public participation in environmental impact asessment


Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE)'s Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) have invited public comment on their draft regional guidelines for public participation in EIA. See an introduction to the guidelines below and access the

ODM to present at IODC16 in Madrid


Come learn about how Open Development Mekong is leveraging regional partnerships, and analysing open environmental data to generate insight into environmental and development issues in the Lower Mekong basin.

The ODM team will be participating in two sessions at the 4th International Open ...

IDI investigation reveals World Bank funded new coal projects post-2013 moratorium


A recent investigation by Inclusive Development International has revealed evidence that the World Bank has continued to fund coal developments in Asia after announcing a moratorium on funding for new projects in 2013.  

Read IDI's announcement in full below, and ...

Work with us!


We are seeking two research fellows, based in Thailand and Laos respectively, to support the build-out of the Open Development national web portals by preparing editorial and data research projects on key development topics for Open Development Thailand and Open ...

Twitter and UN Global Pulse announce data partnership


Twitter and UN Global Pulse have announced a data and analytics partnership to aid implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read the press release below and find out more at the UN's website.


Twitter and UN Global ...

At UN, global leaders commit to act on antimicrobial resistance


Global heads of state have committed to tackling antimicrobial resistance in an agreement at the United Nations, focusing on human health, animal health and agriculture sectors. Read the full release below and at the UN Food and Aghriculture Organization's

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