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Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia
Landowners’ Preferences for a Payment for Environmental Services Program: A Case Study in East Thailand

Landowners’ Preferences for a Payment for Environmental Services Program: A Case Study in East Thailand

This study aimed to design a desirable payment for environmental services (PES) program to be implemented in Eastern Thailand. Landowners’ preferences on program factors were both identified and quantified using a choice experiment. The results showed that all hypothetical programs attributes were statistically significant to landowners’ participation decisions, except free-to-choose in-kind benefits. Willingness to accept (WTA) calculations suggested that higher monetary incentives could help induce landowners to participate in PES programs that generate desirable environmental benefits.

Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia
A Review of PES Implementation In Cambodia

A Review of PES Implementation In Cambodia

Payment for Environmental Services (PES) programs have been implemented in PES and PES-like forms in Cambodia focusing on watershed, biodiversity conservation, recreation/landscape beauty, and carbon sequestration and storage. However, a specific PES law or policy has yet to be developed. This report presents a review of selected current literature on PES and/or PES-like schemes implemented in Cambodia. Local and international NGOs were visited and interviewed in order to capture the elements of the individual programs.

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict
The Anti-Salafi Campaign in Aceh

The Anti-Salafi Campaign in Aceh

In its latest report, The Anti-Salafi Campaign in Aceh, the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) examines the background to the latest phase of the ideological struggle between traditionalist clerics in rural Aceh and their urban rivals. The report explores the the risk of violence this rivalry poses.

Action for Economic Reforms – Industrial Policy Team
Economic Transformation, Equality, Resilience: Challenges for the Duterte Administration and Beyond

Economic Transformation, Equality, Resilience: Challenges for the Duterte Administration and Beyond

The ever insightful team at Action for Economic Reforms have released a new report analyzing the current state of the Philippine economy and the performance of the Aquino administration and proposes a framework for the Duterte administration and beyond that focuses on an innovative industrial policy that would address the structural weaknesses in the Philippine economy as well as policies to address vulnerability.

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Declassified U.S. Documents Help Fill Void Left by Thailand’s Silence on 38th Anniversary of Thammasat University Massacre

Declassified U.S. Documents Help Fill Void Left by Thailand’s Silence on 38th Anniversary of Thammasat University Massacre

This week marks the 38th anniversary of the student massacre at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6, 1976, which saw between 50 and 100 leftist student protesters tortured and killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands arrested. Thanks to the declassification efforts of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), over 75 previously classified documents are available, helping fill the void left by the Thai government’s silence on the event.

Voice of America News
Thailand to Mark 40th Anniversary of Bloody 1976 Massacre

Thailand to Mark 40th Anniversary of Bloody 1976 Massacre

The events surrounding the 40th anniversary of the tragedy, seen by many as the darkest day in modern Thai political history, includes conferences, art works, plays and cultural events and come amid heightened political sensitivities in Thailand under a ruling military government since May 2014.

The Guardian
Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings

Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings

Thousands of people have been killed since Rodrigo Duterte became president and, according to one officer, secret police teams are partly responsible

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