The Asia Pacific is prone to climatic disasters, with floods and droughts causing loss of life, property and food. Being prepared to meet these disasters would improve people's resilience and livelihoods.
A banana boom in Northern Lao was attracting some attention as people noticed the ill effects of what was assumed to be pesticide overuse. Coordinating with research and government agencies, evidence was gathered that helped bring about policy change.
As dam construction surges across Southeast Asia’s Mekong region, major changes in river flows, sedimentation, and fisheries are taking place. WLE Greater Mekong has been compiling a free and publicly available Dam Observatory that collects data on planned and constructed hydropower and irrigation dams in four Southeast Asian river basins.
Rivers in Myanmar face a range of serious threats – unsustainable hydropower development, pollution, resource exploitation and ad hoc development. But there is one issue that may undergird them all: lack of access to data.
Cassava, or Tapioca as it is more popularly known, is a very important staple crop in Vietnam, as well as most of Southeast Asia. This robust crop is facing some serious threats, in the form of pests, depleted soils, and unsustainable farming practices.
Resettlement schemes are meant to improve the lives of those who are resettled, but sometimes this change brings about livelihood problems for relocated villagers. Considering the gender dynamics of the groups being relocated may help.
Laos’ rivers sustain millions of people as sources of food and water; they also provide some of Laos’ most popular tourist attractions. Policy makers in the Nam Xong river basin are getting a clearer understanding of how potential directions and decisions could affect the future of their region thanks to a modelling project sponsored by WLE.