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Along with Asean economic activity comes a rise in development problems

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The rise of Asean has been perceived as an investment opportunity. Yet veteran conservationist Premrudee Daorueng, director of Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliances (Terra), has witnessed the mounting presence of environmental problems and the resistance against environmentally harmful projects in politically oppressed countries such as Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. 

Premrudee, 48, has worked with Terra since 1988. The Bangkok-based organisation monitors the environmental and social impact of development projects such as logging, energy projects and commercial plantations in Myanmar and countries in the Mekong Region.

Since 2008, Premrudee has led the Save the Mekong Coalition, a campaign protesting against a series of dam construction projects on the Mekong river.

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