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Environment and land

Rain and snow
On 6 Sept 2016, satellite images showed the Pacific Ocean with two typhoons, one tropical storm, one formation alert and one large area of increased convection. Photograph: JMA MTSAT-2/NOAA
Water resources
In this March 12 photo, heavy machinery is used to repair the energy dissipation area of the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat. Low water levels caused by the drought have allowed repairs to take place in the normally submerged area. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill) 17 March 2016
Cargo ship travels along the Xang Xa Canal, Mekong Delta Hau Giang Province. Lack of attention from local authorities is blamed for the high rate of accidents in the delta's waterway transport. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
Water governance
An Giang Customs works with provincial border guards patrolling along the border river. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called for more effort in the fight against petrol smuggling. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hung
Ground water
A child uses a groundwater pump to fill a water bottle last year. With the Kingdom facing water shortages and reliance on groundwater increasing, authorities are concerned the government’s relief budget will not be enough to cover the cost of deeper water wells. Hong Menea
The Mekong
The Dachaoshan dam is a key hydro-power source for China - and a major barrier on the Mekong for Thailand and other down-river countries. (File photo by AP)
Rivers and lakes
The Mekong River flows by Vientiane, Laos. (R. Corben for VOA)
Surface water
Agriculture and fishing
Forests and forestry
Photo credit: Clay Gilliland. Image published under Creative Commons 2.0 SA licence.


Science and technology
Honglada Thoetkiattikul, an ASEAN-U.S. science and technology fellow from Thailand, contributes to improving science-based policy-making in the region. Photo by Montakan Tanchaisawat, USAID. Licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.
Economy and commerce
An employee at a local bank branch in Hanoi. Photo: Ngoc Thang
Photovoltaic cells at Lopburi solar project, Thailand. Photograph: Asian Development Bank, Flickr, 2011. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
A worker sews a garter to a skirt in a garment factory outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo by World Bank, Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
The Reunification Express, Da Nang, Vietnam. Flickr, Pigalle. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 Share-Alike.
Hydropower dams


Five Lower Mekong prime ministers meet with Japan's prime minister in 2015
Law and judiciary
One side of the Square building, High Court Burma. Photo by Rockrangoon, taken 2 February 2012, via Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
Social development
Primary school students in Oudomxay province, Lao by World Bank, 2012. Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic
Aid and development
A man operates a bulldozer during the leveling of and upgrading of a road base in Cambodia. Photo by Asian Development Bank, taken on 15 February 2011. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
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