Environment and natural resources

Environment and natural resources policy and administration

Sinking predicted for Mekong Delta region

The Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, an area that helps feed about 200 million people, is predicted to sink underwater by 2100. In the past 25 years, Mekong Delta and the communities, cities and rice fields that depend on it, have faced grave risks of higher ...

NUOL project building capacity in environmental impact assessment

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the National University of Laos (NUOL) is reporting substantial progress in its project to build capacity in technical knowledge for environmental impact assessments (EIA).   The project, running from 2018-2020, has been developing EIA training courses and textbooks for government staff, ...

Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

Southeast Asia struggles to tackle haze despite long-term dangers

A toxic smog settled over Malaysia and Singapore for most of September fuelled by fires that had been raging in neighbouring Indonesia for weeks. Schools were forced to close, N95 masks to filter the polluted air’s most dangerous particulates were rationed, and doctors reported a surge in patients ...

Kate Mayberry

Ecstasy and The Environmental Impact of Illegal Drugs

The environmental impacts of cars, plastics and fossil fuels are well know. But what about illegal drugs? MDMA production is listed as an environmental threat. Due to the limited availability of a crucial ingredient, the drug is damaging the environment with its sourcing and production. MDMA, or ecstasy, is ...

Eliza Erskine

Enhancing Environment and Resources Management in Cambodia

Ministry of Environment has disseminated the booklet on the draft of environment and natural resource code, and discussed the Cambodian environmental legal network. Taking place back-to-back, the events were chaired by Environment Secretary of State H.E. Sao Sopheap at the ministry office here in Phnom Penh ...

It’s not just melting glaciers that endanger the Mekong and its region

Recent reports of a rapid diminishment in the size of the glaciers that feed the great rivers of Asia, including the Mekong, have received wide coverage, not least because they are accompanied by striking visuals. What is happening at the other end of the river in the ...

Milton Osborne

Thailand's famed 'Rose of the North' is wilting

This 700-year-old city nestled in a green valley of northern Thailand has long enjoyed a story-book reputation for its myriad Buddhist monasteries and charming wooden homes, the delicate manners of its citizens and a tranquillity hardly ruffled by its temple bells. More than 10 million tourists ...

Denis D. Gray

Myanmar announces national environment and climate change policies to mark World Environment Day 2019

The Government of Myanmar today announced its vision for the country’s environmental protection and climate action, launching two new policies that will guide Myanmar’s environmental management and climate change strategy. Myanmar is widely considered one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts ...

Thailand’s Wildlife Protection Activists Condemn Thailand’s New Elephant Export Law

Thailand’s Wildlife protection activists are calling for the suspension of the Ministry of Commerce’s new law allowing elephants to be exported overseas. Joining the campaign, the Chartthaipattana Party’s director Nikorn Chamnong said that people are confused as to why the regulations have been changed, after live ...

Environmental, sea, island protection campaign to launch in Bac Lieu

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in coordination with the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu, will launch a sea and island week, as well as an action month for environmental protection on June 1.  The sea and island week, to last from June 1-8, ...

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