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Rising number of cross-border challenges in Asia and Pacific

Regional cooperation is increasingly necessary to tackle a rising number of cross-border challenges in Asia and the Pacific, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank. Keep reading ...

Dammed Mekong: lasting challenges for the region’s energy security

The recent collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy dam in Laos shows Southeast Asia’s vulnerability to natural disasters and highlights the importance of emergency preparedness, safety regulation, and sustainable development planning in energy security policies. It also demonstrates the growing asymmetry that’s emanating from an economic ...

Secure access to land critical to achieve an end to hunger

Addressing fairly the challenges of land tenure for hundreds of millions of people in Asia and the Pacific is a critical step that policy makers must take if the region is to meet the 2030 deadline for zero hunger and eradication of poverty, the Food ...

Roping in China to deal with challenges of the Mekong

Although the Mekong is popularly seen as a South East Asian river, its headwaters are located in China, where it is known as the Lancang. From there it flows through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The future of the Mekong, though, will be heavily ...

Tackling Hydropower Myths on the Mekong: “Run-of-River” Does Not Mean Sustainable

A  few weeks ago, the 3rd Mekong River Commission Summit took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Summit is held every four years, bringing together the leaders of the Lower Mekong member countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, together with representatives of China and Myanmar ...

International Rivers Reporter

Inequality, Climate Change, Aging: Three Key Challenges for China’s New Era

Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao addressed the China Development Forum (CDF), which opened today in Beijing. []Mr. Nakao highlighted three policy challenges for the PRC as it transitions to high-quality growth in a new era: (i) inclusiveness, (ii) climate change and the environment, and ...

Newsroom

Mekong Delta seeks to turn agriculture challenges into opportunities

A workshop on new techniques under the Consortium for Unfavourable Rice Environments (CURE) was held in Can Tho city on January 30, highlighting the need to turn challenges into opportunities for Mekong Delta agriculture. Keep reading ...

VNA Reporter

Renewable Power in Southeast Asia: Will the Legal Regime Catch Up with the Opportunities?

Southeast Asia offers rich renewable sector opportunities, recently exemplified by Chevron’s multibillion-dollar sale of its Indonesian and Philippines geothermal projects, and the purchase of Equis Energy for $5 billion. However, industry players and their lawyers face several challenges in developing a responsive and bankable legal ...

Sean Prior and Benjamin Thompson

Renewable Energy in the Greater Mekong Subregion: A Status Report

The Greater Mekong Subregion has significant potential to develop renewal energy, but it also faces major challenges. Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam—all members of the Greater Mekong Subregion—are seeking to expand the use of renewable energy.Keep reading   ...

Greater Mekong Subregion Secretariat

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