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HKU Landscape Students Return to Thai-Myanmar Border

Landscape architecture undergraduates from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) travelled over 400-kilometers along the Thai-Myanmar Border from Chiang Mai to Mae Sot in Thailand. For its second year, this landscape planning studio course is focusing on a set of controversial and long-delayed development projects along the border, including dams on the Salween and Yuam rivers, a coal mine concession in Chiang Mai province, and the planned large-scale water diversion tunnel from the Salween to Chao Phraya basins.

Students met with several environmental and human rights groups, including The Border Consortium (TBC), Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN), Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), ecologists from the Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU) and sociologists from the Center for Ethnic Studies and Development (CESD) of Chiang Mai University, and indigenous community groups in the Yuam and Ngao river basins. The students and their instructor Ashley Scott Kelly thank these organizations for helping make our visit a productive learning experience.

HKU landscape students on longboats within planned reservoir area on tributary of the Salween (Thanlwin/Nujiang) River, Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students on longboats within planned reservoir area on tributary of the Salween (Thanlwin/Nujiang) River, Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students meet with The Border Consortium (TBC) in Bangkok, Thailand. By Lee Jinyoung Jinnie, 2024.
HKU landscape students meet with The Border Consortium (TBC) in Bangkok, Thailand. By Lee Jinyoung Jinnie, 2024.
Benjakitti Forest Park, Bangkok, Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
Benjakitti Forest Park, Bangkok, Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students speak with docents from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) at Mae Moh Coal Mine Museum, Lampang province. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students speak with docents from the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) at Mae Moh Coal Mine Museum, Lampang province. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students meet with the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN). By Kuan Pui Shan Kimmy, 2024.
HKU landscape students meet with the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN). By Kuan Pui Shan Kimmy, 2024.
HKU landscape students doing seed preparation at Ban Mae Sa Mai Community Tree Nursery with Chiang Mai University's Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU), Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students doing seed preparation at Ban Mae Sa Mai Community Tree Nursery with Chiang Mai University's Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU), Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students meet with academics from Chiang Mai University's Center for Ethnic Studies and Development. By Kuan Pui Shan Kimmy, 2024.
HKU landscape students meet with academics from Chiang Mai University's Center for Ethnic Studies and Development. By Kuan Pui Shan Kimmy, 2024.
HKU landscape students meet with Mae Ngao indigenous people’s network, Mae Hong Son province, Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students meet with Mae Ngao indigenous people’s network, Mae Hong Son province, Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students at site of planned disposal area for 60-kilometer water diversion tunnel. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students at site of planned disposal area for 60-kilometer water diversion tunnel. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students on longboats within planned reservoir area on tributary of the Salween (Thanlwin/Nujiang) River, Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students on longboats within planned reservoir area on tributary of the Salween (Thanlwin/Nujiang) River, Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students view Karen/Kayin State, Myanmar from Tak province, Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students view Karen/Kayin State, Myanmar from Tak province, Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
Mae La, Thailand’s largest refugee camp. By Lee Jinyoung Jinnie, 2024.
Mae La, Thailand’s largest refugee camp. By Lee Jinyoung Jinnie, 2024.
HKU landscape students meet with the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), Mae Sot, Thailand. By Tsui Tsz Shan Iris, 2024.
HKU landscape students meet with the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), Mae Sot, Thailand. By Tsui Tsz Shan Iris, 2024.
HKU landscape students viewing a casino in Myawaddy, Myanmar across the Moei River from Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.
HKU landscape students viewing a casino in Myawaddy, Myanmar across the Moei River from Thailand. By Ashley Scott Kelly, 2024.

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