Naga: Thailand’s Fearsome Mekong River-Dwelling Guardian Spirits

The Culture Trip Is it a dragon? Is it a snake? Well, it’s both, and much, much more. Whether on the roof of a temple or in the depths of a river, you’re bound to have encountered a Naga during your travels around Thailand — here’s more about them. From looking at a statue of a Naga, it’s easy to see why they’re such feared guardians. With their angry expressions, sharp teeth Read More…

New phone application could help solve Cambodia’s waste issue

Southeast Asia Globe GoGreen has launched Cambodia’s first eco-friendly clean-up mobile phone application in an effort to help solve the country’s waste problem. The application, which is currently available on all android phones, uses real time data and allows users to highlight parts of the city with a lot of waste, organise community clean-ups, and even suggest locations that need a Read More…

Cambodia’s first marine park established off Sihanoukville

Bangkok Post The Cambodian government has announced the establishment of the country’s first marine national park, the Koh Rong National Park, which covers the Koh Rong archipelago off the coast of Sihanoukville. The new national park, set up by a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, aims to protect the natural resources and biodiversity of the islands, while promoting ecotourism Read More…

Myanmar power plans could spare the Salween

Asia Times Myanmar and Thailand have announced plans for major gas power projects, as well as greater moves to adopt renewable energy sources. The news will cheer conservationists battling to prevent large dams being built on major rivers in the north of Myanmar. Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi-led government aims to tackle the country’s chronic power shortage by building four gas-fired Read More…

Snakes seized in Pursat, owner fined

Khmer Times Military police, forestry administration officers and Wildlife Alliance officials on Wednesday raided a house in Pursat province used to facilitate the illegal wildlife trade, seizing nearly 80 kilos of snakes. A Wildlife Alliance official, who asked not to be named because he was not allowed to speak the media, said the owner was fined and the wildlife was seized to be released Read More…

New Mekong guidelines lacking, government official says

Phnom Penh Post A Cambodian representative to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said yesterday that new guidelines for hydropower development agreed to late last month don’t fully address threats to the health of the imperiled waterway. Chheang Hong, a representative of the Cambodian government to the MRC, said in an email that while the guidelines are a step towards cooperation between Read More…

Sediment loss in Mekong River killing southern delta

VietNamNet Bridge The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta is home to nearly 18 million Vietnamese people, and is the most important rice field and fishing region of the country. Vietnam cannot afford to lose it as an agricultural powerhouse, but may be unable to stop just that happening. A recent study conducted by the Agence Francaise de Developpement (French Development Agency – AFD) and the Read More…

Mekong River Commission to revise dam guidelines

Phnom Penh Post Hydropower developers and representatives of the Mekong River Commission member countries met last week for the last time before finalising guidelines to mitigate the negative impacts of dam construction on the Mekong River, though conservationists expressed doubts about whether such guidelines would make a difference. In a statement, the MRC said the guidelines – which Read More…

Thailand and Cambodia sign MOU to protect border biodiversity

Pattaya Mail Bangkok – Thailand and Cambodia have signed on to cooperate on the protection of biodiversity along their shared border, emphasizing joint work at every step. Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Gen. Surasak Kanchanarat, representing Thailand, joined his Cambodian counterpart Say Samal in Chiang Mai on Jan. 31 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the Read More…

Fish catches to decline in second fishing season

Khmer Times As Cambodia enters its second fishing season, fish catches are widely expected to decline due to adverse weather conditions. The second phase of the fishing season started on January 21 and will end on the 26, according to the Fisheries Administration, who issued a public statement last month urging producers of Prahok to buy their fish at the end of this month in fishing areas Read More…