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Published on Nov 27, 2012
Nam Pong River is the lifeblood of Khon Kaen serving agriculture, industry and households. But expanding cash crops like maize and sugar, and factories for pulp and paper, sugar and fertilizer have caused extensive land use change and polluted the river. In addition, recent policies to promote crop based ethanol without assessing the carrying capacity of the river will likely strain the ecosystem, to the limit.
The Poverty-Environment Initiative will assist local people, the Regional Environmental Office, Khon Kaen Provincial Government and private stakeholders to assess the river's carrying capacity and different land use options to improve physical and economic planning.