To Sink or Swim in the Mekong Delta: Laos’ Hydropower Plans for the ASEAN EC

The Association of South East Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was formed in 1967 and since then has expanded membership and developed various frameworks aimed at increasing regional integration and development. One of the most recently developed is the ASEAN Economic Community, an economic block with a common market akin to the European Community set to take formation in 2015. For smaller member states like Laos, this could mean big development and the Laoation government is taking note. Focusing on sustainable growth for its heavily marginalized population, Laos is putting renewable energy at the forefront of its economic plan.

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Consolidated Environmentalism with Economic Development: Yunguilla, Ecuador

The community of Yunguilla is settled in the mountains an hour outside of Quito, Ecuador. Just a few years ago, their plan was to, as always, clear cut the forest for farming until the soil lost all its nutrients and forced them to move on. There are thousands of communities that live these semi-nomadic lifestyles across the globe. Historically, many …

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