Posted in July 2012

Mekong Politics: The Xayaburi Dam Controversy

Can we get countries to trade short-term development for long-term sustainability?  This will be a crucial question in the next 20 years of politics.  If the answer is ‘no’, we are in for some significant trouble.  This very question is being directly asked over the past few months with the Xayaburi dam controversy along the … Continue reading

Elephant Killing on the Rise, how will CITES respond?

The Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) has been active in managing ivory from elephants and rhinos since the mid-1980s.  It has been a contentious debate at times which has resulted in a developed system for monitoring illegal trade, some positive conservation in South Africa and Zimbabwe (and others, but not all), and … Continue reading