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Biodiversity offsetting and biodiversity corridors in Asia: Nature destruction and protection acting in tandem

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

This year, 2017, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Since the Bank was founded, it has invested more than...

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What goes behind the idea of biodiversity offsetting: The case of Nam Ngiep Dam in Lao PDR

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

The governments of Cambodia, Laos and Thailand are planning eleven large-scale hydropower dams on the Mekong River’s mainstream. If...

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Ecology, Economics, Cultures of the Mekong Basin: From Keng Kood Koo to Pha Chan in A Changing Course      

Posted on Jul 10, 2017

Launched by the Thai organization TERRA, this publication records the story of Mekong riparian communities from 25 sub-districts in 7...

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Large-scale investments and climate conservation initiatives destroy forests and people’s territories

Posted on Apr 4, 2017

Asia’s rapid economic growth and industrialisation are coming at an extremely high price for local communities, their environments and...

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Stories, identity and struggles: How local communities live with and talk about Mekong’s landscape

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Different words, different sides When asked what this picture is about, you are likely to answer, “An atomic bomb” in English. Most...

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From the loss of fish to climate change: A look into the recent dam movement in the Mekong Region  

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

“The dams built on the Mekong mainstream and other rivers in the region have resulted in severe changes in the Mekong’s ecosystems,...

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Brazil: Rising profits do not prevent layoffs: Fibria Celulosa in Mato Grosso do Sul

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

On August 25, 2015, employees of the Fibria Company in Tres Lagunas, Mato Grosso do Sul, made public the recent layoffs made by the company...

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Save the Mekong Rivers!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

 Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC) together with national and international organizations, insist to immediately stop all activities...

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Mekong governments: Listen to the people! – Statement to sign-on

Posted on Oct 1, 2015

Dear friends, Local communities in the Mekong region in Southeast Asia, who depend on the Mekong river and numerous other rivers and lakes...

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Stop All Mekong Basin Dams!

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

On September 2014, fishing communities’ networks from Cambodia and Thailand met with great solidarity and commitment to share and voice...

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The “State of the World’s Rivers” website from the NGO International Rivers, illustrates the alarming situation of the Mekong River Basin.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

By selecting the ‘Mekong River Basin’ from the left panel where it says 2River Basins in Focus’, detailed information will appear...

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The Asian Development Bank’s infrastructure-led ‘growth’ in India and the Mekong region (1)

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is pivotal for creating demand and the conditions for widespread privatization in virtually every sector...

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Stora Enso´s propaganda campaign in Laos

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Since the Laos government adopted, in 1990, the World Bank´s Tropical Forestry Action Plan, it started with support from International...

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Women’s roles, rights and responsibility in natural resources: Some reflections from Mekong Region

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar it remains common until today that the wife will be the one who ‘owns’ the land of...

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Remembering Laotian community activist Sombath Somphone one year after his disappearance

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

Sombath Somphone, perhaps the Lao PDR’s most prominent community development activist and founder of the Participatory Development...

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Letter demanding the immediate cancellation of the Don Sahong Dam

Posted on Nov 1, 2013

Letter sent by the Save the Mekong Coalition, to the Mekong countries Prime Ministers demanding the immediate cancellation of the Don...

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Vietnamese land grabs in Cambodia and Laos for rubber plantations: secrecy, destruction and violence

Posted on May 30, 2013

The characteristics of natural rubber make it a competitive material for industrial and medical uses, but products related to...

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Activist Sombath Somphone disappeared in Laos

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Sombath Somphone, a farmer, scholar, scientist and community developer as well as a well-known activist in land issues and against...

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Laos: Social activist Sombath Somphone is missing

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

Sombath Somphone, a respected social activist winner of the international Ramon Magsaysay award in 2005 for community leadership and...

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Posted on Oct 25, 2012

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Laos: Expansion of rubber plantations – more conflicts with communities

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

With an increasing global demand for natural rubber in the past few years, large-scale rubber plantations in Laos are expanding, causing...

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Mekong: International petition against the Xayaburi Dam

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

On the first week of November, International Rivers launched an international petition calling on the Prime Ministers of Laos and Thailand...

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Posted on Sep 21, 2011


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Laos: Research on the impacts of rubber plantations

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

A research project was carried out in Laos to evaluate the economic, social and ecological impacts of large-scale land concessions to plant...

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Hydropower on the Mekong: Where dams may block the future of millions

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

Hydropower is often portrayed as “clean” or “green” energy and as part of the solution for preventing fossil fuel-related climate...

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Laos: Chinese company Sun Paper plans eucalyptus monocultures

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

A Chinese company called Shandong Sun Paper is planning to establish 100,000 hectares of eucalyptus plantations in Savannakhet province in...

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Mekong Citizens to Hand 15,000 Signature “Save the Mekong” Petition to Thai PM

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

PRESS RELEASE. In a bold outpouring of public concern for Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, more than 15,000 people from within the...

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Save the Mekong, a coalition to keep the river alive

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

The Mekong River is one of the world’s major rivers and flows along 4,350 km (2,703 miles) draining an area of 795,000 km2. (1) As Aviva...

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Plantations in the mekong region: overview

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Eucalyptus, oil palm, rubber and jatropha monoculture plantations are expanding onto local communities’ lands and forests in the Mekong...

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Rural livelihoods made vulnerable as rubber investments take over land in Laos

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Investments by foreign companies in commercial tree plantations in Laos PDR increased sharply increased during 2004-2006. Large scale...

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Plantations Development in Laos – The scramble for a piece of the Lao pie

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

Since 2006 the small landlocked South East Asian nation of Laos has seen an explosion of small, large and medium scale plantations,...

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Mono-crop trees find more room over the borders in the Mekong region

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

The inter-meshing of the six economies in the Mekong Basin since the 1990s has been fostered under the Greater Mekong Sub-region economic...

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A note on the FSC Certification of Forests in Laos

Posted on Oct 13, 2006

By Benjamin D. Hodgdon – A recent article by Chris Lang entitled “Laos: FSC Certified Timber is Illegal,” published on the World...

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Creating Poverty in Laos: The Asian Development Bank and Industrial Tree Plantations

Posted on Apr 25, 2006

By Chris Lang and Bruce Shoemaker. Contents: · Background: Forests and Rural Communities in Laos · The Failure of the ADB’s First...

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Hydroelectric Dams and the Forgotten People of the Bolaven Plateau

Posted on Dec 24, 2004

by Phetsavanh Sayboualaven 1) Introduction Houay Ho Dam on the Boloven Plateau in Southern Laos was built by Korean company Daewoo and...

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Banking on deforestation: Asian Development Bank support to industrial forestry in Lao PDR

Posted on Nov 22, 2003

By Chris Lang Published in Guerrero, D. (ed.) (2003) A Handbook on the Asian Development Bank: The ADB and its operations in Asia and the...

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ADB’s plantations projects in Laos

Posted on Oct 22, 2003

By Chris Lang, published in “Pulping the Mekong” In December 1993, the Asian Development Bank agreed a US$11.2 million loan...

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The Pulp Invasion: The international pulp and paper industry in the Mekong Region

Posted on Dec 9, 2002

This report was produced in 2000-2001 for the World Rainforest Movement, looking at the current state of the pulp and paper industry in the...

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Laos: The impact of the Nam Theun 2 dam on indigenous peoples

Posted on Sep 7, 2002

In July 2002, the World Bank released a “decision framework” on its involvement in the proposed Nam Theun 2 dam. The paper...

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Laos: Villagers aware of the threat of industrial tree plantations

Posted on Jun 14, 2002

Tree plantations are a growing problem worldwide and this is particularly clear to people living near the plantations. For instance, the...

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Laos: IFC backs Australian gold mine

Posted on Apr 15, 2002

On 28 February 2002, the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, approved a US$30 million loan to...

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Laos: IUCN’s controversial role in the Nam Theun 2 dam

Posted on Mar 16, 2002

Imagine the following situation: a company gives money to an environmental organisation. The company plans an enormous, massively...

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Laos: Freedom of information, industrial tree plantations and the ADB

Posted on Nov 27, 2001

Few large-scale industrial tree plantations have so far successfully been developed in Laos. However, companies and aid agencies are keen...

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Laos: Planned Nam Theun 2 dam leads to increased logging

Posted on Sep 11, 2001

The World Bank is edging towards making a decision on whether to award a US$100 million loan guarantee for the proposed Nam Theun 2...

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Laos: Cutting the trees to save the forest

Posted on Mar 13, 2001

Not long ago, the Nakai Plateau and the surrounding forest in central Laos was home to tiger, elephant, otter, rhesus macaque, tawny...

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Asian Development Bank subsidising deforestation in Laos

Posted on Feb 13, 2001

Lao government officials, international aid agencies and forestry consultants are almost unanimous in claiming that large-scale...

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Laos stops World Bank forestry programme

Posted on Dec 13, 2000

The Government of Laos (GoL) has halted the Forest Management and Conservation Programme (FOMACOP) after the first five-year phase because...

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Laos: Subsidies for Swedish profits in the forestry sector

Posted on Nov 16, 2000

On 7th November 2000 the formal opening of a US$2.9 million laminated-wood processing factory took place at Nabong Farm, 30 kilometres from...

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Laos: Vanishing forests and growing corruption

Posted on Jun 18, 2000

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic -the only landlocked country in Southeastern Asia- occupies an area of 236,800 square kilometres...

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Dams generate environmental and social destruction in Laos

Posted on May 25, 1999

Hydropower megaprojects in several Southeast Asian countries are frequently preceded by devastating logging operations in prospective...

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Laos: Dams, Conservation and People

Posted on Aug 7, 1997

To the oil and mining companies, repressive governments and banks we list among the world’s exploiters, we must add another sector...

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