Environment and natural resources

Environmental and biodiversity protection

Award-winning Thai community continues the fight to save its wetland forest

Srongpol Chantharueang remembers his parents telling him as a boy always to protect the local wetland forest when he grew up. They told him that the ecosystem would be important for his life and that of his community. “I didn’t understand what they meant at ...

Carolyn Cowan

Myanmar migratory bird census to be taken by locals

The Asian migratory bird census which is usually conducted yearly will be taken in collaboration with local communities in Myanmar this year, said Daw Thiri Daewi Aung, executive director at Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA). “Normally, the migratory bird census is taken in the second ...

Phyo Wai Kyaw

Hydropower vs Heritage: Will Laos Lose Luang Prabang?

The Lao government’s high-risk plan to install a massive dam on the Mekong River, perilously close to the renowned UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang, shows a disregard for its legal obligations to protect the renowned site, according to conservation experts. Minja Yang, the former ...

Tom Fawthrop

Mekong ministers approve navigation and environment plans

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) says environment and water-resource ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam have approved a navigation plan for the four countries and a regional environmental strategy. In a statement, the MRC said the two documents were among several approved during a virtual ...

Mekong Delta localities plant trees, build natural embankments to prevent erosion

More people in the Mekong Delta are planting trees and building embankments made of natural materials to prevent erosion along rivers and canals.   The delta, which has a dense river and canal network, has faced increasing erosion along rivers and canals in recent years because of human activity and climate change. In Hau ...

VNA

Happy eco-campers: protecting wildlife in Cambodia

The path to Preak Tachan ranger station, in Botum Sakor national park, Cambodia, snakes through dense, silent forest. It crosses bubbling rivers and clearings where luminous butterflies flit around gargantuan hanging vines and tall wild grasses. It’s The Lost World, Indochina-style. I half expect a ...

Duncan Forgan

Vietnam not doing enough to protect environment around dams: experts

Authorities have been doing too little to regrow trees they felled to make way for hydropower projects, experts said. Growing trees is the most effective way to control floods and prevent erosion in downstream areas, Dao Xuan Hoc, chairman of the Vietnam Water Resources Development Association, ...

Nguyen Xuan

Vietnam conservation regulations improving, but much work remains

Earlier this year, Vietnam’s prime minister called for a ban of the wildlife trade in the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several months later, the government released a directive on the wildlife trade. Hailed as a ban in some media coverage, the move fell short of that, ...

Michael Tatarski

Nong Khamsene wetland’s management discussed

The AFC in cooperation with World Wilde Fund for Nature to Laos organized a workshop to promote collaborative management of the Nong Khamsene wetland in Vientiane on Aug 14, 2020. The Nong Khamsene wetland is located about 20 km southwest of Vientiane. It is shared by ...

Lao News Agency

Win-win solution for forests, people

The forests are rapidly dwindling. But the people living in forest areas need to live off the land. Supporting them to practise sustainable or green farming saves both the forests and the locals’ livelihoods. Why then is this win-win solution only applied to some local ...

KANNIKA THAMPANISHVONG & NATTHAPORN BUTPHO

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