Looking Ahead: Laos in 2020 and beyond

The next Party National Congress of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) is scheduled for early next year and, through this process, new leaders and a new politburo will be elected. While a cloak of secrecy makes it is extremely difficult to predict what ...

Community Forests to be upgraded for food security in the Deep South

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) is joining hands with the Royal Forest Department and other relevant agencies in rehabilitating and upgrading community forests in the Deep South in order to generate employment and income for local residents. SBPAC Secretary-General Rear Admiral Somkiat Pholprayoon said ...

Transparency and info-sharing valued by multilateral cooperative scheme benefiting states along Lancang-Mekong river

Representatives from six countries located in the Lancang-Mekong river basin joined an online meeting for the first time after the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic on Thursday to facilitate dialogue on establishing an information sharing platform to boost transparency and cooperation in water resources management.  The ...

Rebutting US Claims, China Says Dams Unrelated to Thai Drought

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok on Monday dismissed a US-funded study accusing China’s dams of hoarding water in the vital Mekong River. In a statement released to Khaosod English, the embassy said the extreme drought felt by Mekong’s downstream countries in 2019 were caused by exceptionally ...

ADB to extend loans in support of development in Myanmar

Myanmar is planning to take a US$60 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to establish a Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC), U Maung Maung Win, the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry, said in Parliament on May 21. The proposal ...

Myanmar army accused of new atrocities in attack on Rakhine village

Kyaw Thu* waited until night fell before taking his family to the bank of a river not far from their village. While millions across the world were told to remain at home to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic, he and his neighbours were forced ...

Launch of the State of the World's Forests - Forests, Biodiversity and People
The State of the World’s Forests 2020

As the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011–2020 comes to a close and countries prepare to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, this edition of The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) examines the contributions of forests, and of the people who use and manage ...

Launching the Land Governance Thesaurus LandVoc 2.0: Keeping Data Out of Lockdown
LandVoc

In these difficult times, access to accurate and timely information has become an essential service and it is our collective responsibility to make sure that information is kept out of lockdown.  A controlled vocabulary and linking tool, LandVoc encourages the transparency and accountability that our ...

EVENT: The Dialogue Forum 1: Digital Disruption and a Push for Sound Public Policies
THE DIALOGUE FORUM 1: DIGITAL DISRUPTION AND A PUSH FOR SOUND PUBLIC POLICIES

The news agency, in collaboration with its partners, will hold a monthly forum on issues of importance, with “explanations” provided for the audience from concerned parties invited to take part in the forum the new project “Bangkok Tribune’s Dialogue Forum: Digital Disruption and a Push ...

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