This week The Diplomat published a feature article that Chrisantha Pinto and I wrote on elephant conservation and China's Belt and Road Initiative in Laos.
The full article can be accessed here: https://thediplomat.com/2019/01/can-the-land-of-a-million-elephants-survive-the-belt-and-road/
"If current trajectories continue there will be no elephants left in Laos by the year 2030. In just 12 years, we could see the complete eradication of elephants from a country that once was known as “the land of a million elephants” (Lan Xang). So how did we reach this crisis point? What are the most daunting challenges for the future? And can Laos’ elephant population survive the advancement of the BRI?"
In this piece we seek to outline some of the major threats to Laos' elephant population, as well as some of the key conservation efforts that are needed.
I consider this to be an important piece and I am pleased to see it published.