Should Isaan’s salty treasure be unearthed?

The Northeast is sitting on massive deposits of potash and rock salt. As Thai and foreign investors are preparing to dig up this treasure, local communities worry about an environmental crisis, writes guest contributor Bamphen Chairak.

Dismantle the dams, reform water management in Northeast Thailand

Six decades of dam building, from the dawn of the Cold War to the tenure of the latest military junta are proof of the failure of water management in Isaan. It’s time to dismantle the dams and turn to sustainable approaches, writes environmental expert Chainarong Setthachua.

Isaan’s last free-flowing river is at risk of ecological destruction

Isaan’s last free-flowing river and one of the country’s most ecologically diverse areas is under attack. The government’s water management plans call for dams and watergates to be built on the Songkhram River. If they go ahead, this area will see the same ecological and environmental destruction that other dams in the region have already caused.

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