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Pianporn Deetes

Thailand and Myanmar Campaigns Director of International Rivers

Pianporn Deetes is Thailand and Myanmar Campaigns Director of International Rivers.

Pianporn Deetes
14 Mar 2020

Karen fear ravages from river diversion schemes

Muesaw Chokedilok, an ethnic Karen woman from Thailand's Kaburdin Village in Chiang Mai's Omkoi district, hops aboard an old pickup truck for a rugged ride up the mountain. With her are a group of housewives from the same village, all clad in cotton handwoven clothes with beaded lace and colourful headscarves. They are on the way to meet a group of journalists from Bangkok. Their village is at least four hours by car to Muang Chiang Mai.

14 Mar 2020
Karen fear ravages from river diversion schemes
14 Nov 2017

Mekong accountability

The Supreme Administrative Court will hear a lawsuit against the Pak Beng dam in Laos, acknowledging Thai responsibility to consult on cross-border projects.

14 Nov 2017
Mekong accountability
21 Sep 2017

Energy from abroad

Plans to meet future energy needs centre on controversial projects in Myanmar and Laos and do not account for decreasing demands.

21 Sep 2017 2
Energy from abroad
22 May 2017

Respect for neighbours

As Thailand expands its economy within the region, it is critical to protect the rights of local communities and the environment in neighbouring nations.

22 May 2017
Respect for neighbours
29 Sep 2016

Power struggle

To get more electricity, Egat and the government disregarded human rights, the significance of the Salween and livelihoods of its communities.

29 Sep 2016 2
Power struggle
23 Jun 2016

Rethink Thai investment

Aung San Suu Kyi hopes for key investments from Thailand, but the Myanmar leader must consider the environmental costs of Dawei and hydropower projects.

23 Jun 2016
Rethink Thai investment
5 Mar 2016

Right way forward for the Mekong River

This week in Vientiane, the hydropower industry gather to attend the International Conference and Exhibition...

5 Mar 2016
Right way forward for the Mekong River
10 Jul 2015

New dams could drown hopes of returning home for refugees

In mid-June, the Thai military government and its Myanmar counterpart signed a memorandum of understanding on energy, with an eye to expanding Thailand's import of electricity from Myanmar, by up to 10,000 megawatts. The initial agreement also promotes overseas investment by Thai state-owned and public companies in numerous coal and hydropower projects in Myanmar, including the Hat Gyi, Ywathit, and Mong Ton dams on the Salween River. Significantly, these projects are all situated in ethnic states, namely the Shan, Kayah, Karen, and the Tanesserim divisions, which make up some of the country's most vulnerable areas and populations.

10 Jul 2015