Over the last two years, the China led Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism has used everything from a “bulldozer approach” to engaging with local communities to deal with tensions over development projects.
After a recent ban by the European Parliament on palm oil for biofuels, trade talks that propose to grant the European Union (EU) market greater access to Indonesian palm oil proceed this week. This could lead to even greater deforestation and more social conflicts in Indonesia, warn activists.
Ingrid van Wees –
While Asia's labour market has shifted dramatically in recent years with more workers having better paying and more productive jobs, the region's job challenge is far from over. Trade and technology can help, says ADB's Ingrid van Wees.
Shreya Dasgupta, Mongabay.com –
Hong Kong government’s three-step plan to ban ivory trade by 2021 received the go-ahead from the Chief Executive in Council, and the legislature amendments will be tabled before the Legislative Council in the first half of 2017.
Medilyn Manibo –
Non-profit groups WildAid and African Wildlife Foundation have released a video containing undercover footage, exposing ivory laundering in Hong Kong and the loopholes in its regulations on smuggled tusks.
Biofuels are becoming big policy and big business as countries around the world look to decrease petroleum dependence, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transportation sector, and support agricultural ...