Piyali Banergee

Piyali Banergee is a member of Nature Watch, Bangladesh.

Malaccan coast

Malaysia’s fateful choice as land crisis looms

A MAJOR economic and societal catastrophe may soon confront one of Southeast Asia’s most important economies: Malaysia.

September 20, 2021

Southeast Asia’s Vanishing Sand Bans are Destroying the Region

A recent review of Malaysia’s “stone, sand and gravel” exports to Singapore and Singapore’s purchases of those resources over two decades suggests that Mahathir’s sand ban, initiated to protect a fragile Malaysian environment, was seemingly ignored, including by his own government.

June 21, 2018

The Dangers of Dredging Jamuna

Vulnerable riverbeds, shorelines and even fresh water lakes are being damaged by sand dredgers across the world. Sand – a necessary part of making concrete used extensively in the construction industry – helps build the cities of tomorrow. But as these cities go up, the natural environment around them suffers.

July 19, 2017