The sleepy region of Dawei is being awakened as a giant seaport and industrial estate complex take shape — and local people’s lives and livelihoods are being altered forever.
Aung Soe, a Mudu villager, takes care of rubber saplings at his farm, where he now earns 4 million kyat (about 135,000 baht) per year.
Large-scale industrial projects rarely produce happy endings for the communities where development takes place. But Italian-Thai Development Plc is determined to minimise the impact on Dawei and its people, and even to improve their chances for pursuing their traditional livelihoods.
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