Rising Environmental Awareness in Vietnam

Rewind to the early days of January 2016 when the famous Cu Rua, or Great-Grandfather Turtle, that had inhabited Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake for decades (some say centuries) passed away. This occurred a week prior […]

Issue 4: Regional Economic Integration

Will the Mekong Survive Globalization?

The Mystery of the Mekong River During the cool and dry season of 2001, I sailed down the Mekong River on a 200-kilometer journey beginning in southern China, passing through Burmese and Lao territory on […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

Community Forestry and the Stewardship of Tropical Forests in Asia

         Mark Poffenberger, editorKeepers of the Forest: Land Management Alternatives in Southeast AsiaWest Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A. / Kumarian Press / 1990 M. Victor, C. Lang, and Jeff Bornemeier, editorsCommunity Forestry at a Crossroads: Reflections and […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

“Community Forest” and Thai Rural Society

         Anan GanjanapanLocal Control of Land and Forest: Cultural Dimensions of Resource Management in Northern ThailandChiang Mai / Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University / 2000 […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

Trends in Ecological Studies of West Malesian Rainforests

        West Malesia is a term used in botanical geography, indicating the western half of the Malay Archipelago, including peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Bali, and surrounding smaller islands. This paper focuses on ecological studies […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

Garbage Nightmares: The Philippines

Forum on Garbage and Solid Waste Management, University of the Philippines, Diliman, March 4-8, 2002 This discussion was organized by the editors of the UP Forum, a popular monthly newspaper of the University of the […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

Mainstream Development— The Mekong

Plans to make the Mekong navigable to bigger boats by blasting rapids and shoals threaten to end a way of life for thousands of villagers. The sky rumbles in the distance and cold wind blasts […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

Chao Phya: A River Fraught with Danger

Sunisa Soomprasert and Nattaya Binuma are not relatives. In fact, they have never met and live 170 kilometres apart. Still, the two women share a lifeline of sorts, having been born and raised on the […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

Vietnam: Is Sustainable Mangrove Management Possible?

         Vietnam’s mangrove resources have decreased rapidly in area and quality during the on-going period of Doi Moi (renovation reforms), which started in 1986. Uncontrolled wood extraction, paddy area expansion, mining activities, construction of dikes, […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

Ecotourism in Vietnam: Potential and Reality

         With 13,000 floral species and over 15,000 faunal species, three newly discovered big animal species, and a ratio of country/world species of 6.3%, Vietnam has enormous tourism—particularly ecotourism—potential. In fact, since 1986, when Doi […]

Issue 2: Disaster and Rehabilitation

Nature Preservation and International Finance

As an anthropologist on a large consulting team for the World Bank-funded Forest Protection and Barren Lands Development Project in the Central Highlands of Vietnam in early 1996, I was responsible for conveying the reality […]