The Sustainable Development Investment Partnership has launched an Asean Hub which aims to channel a mix of public, private and charitable money - called blended finance - to fund Asia’s US$26 trillion need for infrastructure by 2030.
The country's Ministry of Mines and Energy banned sand exports in November 2016 after public outrage over large inconsistencies on the recorded amount of sand exported to Singapore, but an NGO said exports are still continuing.
Singapore is getting larger, but the sand mining that aids its growth often wreaks havoc on rivers, deltas, and marine ecosystems in Cambodia, alleged a Cambodian non-profit that is leading a possible lawsuit against the city-sate.
Asit Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada –
The countries of the Mekong Basin need to stop blaming each other for water woes and get on with creating a sustainable and coordinated plan for the region, say National University of Singapore's Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.
Ilan Kelman –
Hurricane Harvey isn't a "natural disaster" because disasters are not natural, says University College London researcher Ilan Kelman. Rather, they are the result of social and political forces which shape people's vulnerability to events.
Susanne Becken –
International tourism may be booming but the benefits don't always reach the local populations due to leakage. Griffith University's Susanne Becken explains what leakage is and how to turn the situation around.
The Asean countries are at very different stages of economic growth. Members include a fully developed city state with nearly full national electricity coverage as well as several agrarian economies ...