Archive for November, 2006

Bangkok Risks Being Under Water in 15 Years

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The Chairman of Thailand’s Disaster Prevention Centre, Dr. Smith Dharmasaroja said in an interview this week that Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, faces inundation within 15 years as it sinks further below sea level in the Gulf of Thailand and rains and high tides burst the banks of its waterways. Bangkok, once known as the “Venice of […]

The Importance of the Spratly Islands

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Sovereignty, control of hydrocarbons, control of the Sea Lines of Communication (S.L.O.C.s), and capability to project influence across a broad region…these are all issues influencing the geopolitics of the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands. The “Importance of the Spratly Islands” published in the Power and Interest News Report on 28th November 2006, provides some interesting […]

ASEAN and Transboundary Environment Issues

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Environment Ministers from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met during the recent 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment to discuss transboundary environmental issues, particularly the problem of smoke haze pollution. Dr. Soeng Rachtchavy, Deputy Secretary-General of the ASEAN Secretariat stressed the importance of collaborative efforts among ASEAN […]

Vietnams Seafood Exports Increasing

Friday, November 24th, 2006

The Nhan Dan newspaper reported on 24th November 2006 that Vietnam’s seafood export targets for 2006 were met within 11 months. According to Vietnam Ministry of Fisheries statistics, Vietnam earned 3.08 billion US$ from seafood exports over the 11 months to the end of November 2006, 25 percent more than in 2005. Major export products […]

Trat Mangroves in the News

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

The Thai National News Bureau reported on 21st November 2006 that mangrove management in Trat Province would be used as a national model for guiding the sustainable use of mangrove resources in Thailand. The Inspector-General of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Paisarn Kuwalairat declared additional support would be afforded to mangrove management in Trat Province, […]