Agriculture and fishing

Nearly 3K illegal burn sites identified across Kingdom

Illegal burning of rice stubble and land at the periphery of forests continues to occur throughout the Kingdom’s rural areas, especially in the north and northeast regions, according to officials who documented the activities on site. Wong Devorn, a civil servant and history professor, told The ...

Voun Dara

Ceasing fire: Thai sugar farmers struggle to change polluting ways

Thailand is one of the world’s largest sugar producer, turning out about 10 million tons of the sweet stuff each year. But the traditional method of harvesting it is being criticized for polluting the environment. The government wants the industry to modernize, but some farmers ...

Tammarin Dejsupa

Measures needed to make Mekong Delta adaptive to climate change

It is essential to promote sustainable development of the Mekong Delta in the direction of effectively adapting to climate change, given the region’s strategic position in national socio-economic development and security defence, experts have said. Covering a total area of 3.94 million hectares across 13 provinces and city, the ...

Coastal communities to adapt for climate change

A five-year project agreement on “Climate Adaptation and Resilience in Cambodia’s Coastal Fishery Dependent Communities has been signed. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), along with the Ministry of Environment (MoE), which ...

Jason Boken

Mangrove aquaculture to be supported by state-of-the-art environmental monitoring

A new environmental monitoring initiative that aims to support shrimp and crab aquaculture in mangrove forests has officially been launched in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province. Called AQUAM, it was launched last week by the Mekong Delta province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Australia’s University of Queensland and GreenField Consulting ...

Rob Fletcher

Cambodia’s weather forecast for this year made – hotter days and early rains

The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) has forecast that the temperature could rise to about 39 degrees Celsius during the 2021 dry season while the rainy season will come in the first week of May. Cambodia’s weather will be influenced by the ENSO phenomena, ...

Mega irrigation system to help Mekong Delta tackle drought, salinity

One of the two parts of a mega irrigation system in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta will start operation next month in Kien Giang Province. Construction of the system worth VND3.3 trillion ($142.17 million) started in November 2019, with two parts on the Cai Lon and Cai ...

Cuu Long

Making palm oil more sustainable

Palm oil has long been a major economic backbone of Southeast Asian economies, notably Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. But the undeniable environmental impact of extensive deforestation, haze and forest fires caused by oil palm plantations has given the industry a bad reputation that has been ...

APIRADEE TREERUTKUARKUL

This Thai village created a tiny fish reserve years ago. Today, it's thriving.

IN 1998, PEOPLE in Na Doi, a quiet village in northwest Thailand, noticed that their fish catches in the nearby Ngao River were declining. The fish they did manage to net were also getting smaller. Together, Na Doi’s 75 households decided to try a radical solution: ...

RACHEL NUWER

Famous Tha Heua Fish Market Faces Abandonment Following Expressway Opening

Vang Vieng’s Tha Heua Market faces total abandonment after the expressway has caused motorists to bypass it when traveling to the resort town. According to a report by Vientiane Times, Tha Heua Market, popular with motorists entering Vang Vieng, is rapidly losing customers, with many vendors shutting down ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

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