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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Wildlife conservation / Thailand ranks as one of world’s best for wildlife travel

By: Lily Hess - Posted on: October 24, 2018 | Featured

Thailand has been named as one of the best countries for wildlife travel in the world, according to a ranking system created by a global travel consultant company

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A wild Asian elephant in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary Photo: Thai National Parks

The Global Wildlife Travel Index scored Thailand in fourth place in the world, the highest in all of Asia. Only the US, Venezuela, and Brazil scored higher in the index created by True Luxury Travel.

Thailand scored a seven – the highest possible score – in the categories analysing its conservation of megafauna (or large animals), its number of national parks, and its number of natural history museums. The country also scored five in the other categories assessing its biodiversity, the number of protected natural areas, and its “national park pioneers” placement (which ranks countries based on their oldest national park).

Thailand has the third highest number of national parks in the world (138 parks) as well as boasting 35 natural history museums, according to Katie Kennard, head of the Asia Team at True Luxury Travel.

Kennard said: “It is clear that Thailand has responded to the consequential global pressures to increase sustainability and worked hard on increasing conservation and wildlife preservation within the country.”

Yet despite Thailand’s apparent conservation successes, the country still faces difficulties in maintaining the health of its ecosystems.

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A Thai National Park official feeds lalang leaves to one of the confiscated tigers taken from Tiger Temple, inside a cage at Khaozon Wildlife Breeding Center in Ratchaburi province in July 2016 Photo: Narong Sangnak / EPA

“Although tourism levels within Thailand are on the rise, families in rural areas of Thailand are predominantly dependent upon primary methods of employment for financial income, such as farming, mining and fishing, all of which can have devastating effects on conservation attempts through deforestation and habitat destruction,” added Kennard.

“Teaching citizens the economic and cultural advantages of preserving Thailand in all its natural beauty for industries such as tourism will enable conservation to be seen in a more positive light, instead of as a hindrance to current methods of economic income through primary means.

“NGOs can provide the international platform to generate sponsorship and donations to conservation schemes, and highlight improvements that have already been made, tempting tourists back into regions.”

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Thai mahouts ride on an elephant after nursing and return them to the wild at Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi province, Thailand in August 2015 Photo: Stringer / EPA

Before the early 20th century, Thailand was home to a rich habitat that included large animals like Asian elephants, clouded leopards, koupreys, tigers, wild water buffalos, and Sumatran rhinoceroses. As the country developed after World War II, natural habitats were cleared for their lumber and to make way for agricultural land. The market also grew for hunting exotic wildlife, according to a report from Thailand’s Royal Forest Department.

The first legislation passed in Thailand to protect wildlife was the 1960 Wild Animals Reservation and Protection Act, which established lists of reserved and protected species. This limits their hunting and controls trade in products from wildlife. It also led to the creation of the Wildlife Conservation Division, which is involved with research into conservation and projects such as reintroducing species into the wild.

Thailand has seen some wildlife successes in recent years, such as at Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, where the tiger population has tripled over the last ten years. Nevertheless, many species in Thailand are trafficked and endangered. Park rangers face a dangerous job and are sometimes killed by poachers. Along with tigers, the country’s Asian elephants are still sometimes poached and illegally traded, despite the government’s protection efforts, according to a 2017 assessment from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

To combat ivory smuggling, the Thai government passed the 2015 National Ivory Act, which includes measures like registering all domesticated elephants. It also initiated an awareness and education targeted at foreigners who purchase ivory at local markets.

The UNODC assessment noted that the effort has been mostly successful: “These new measures appear to have significantly reduced the legal trade of ivory in Thailand. Research undertaken by TRAFFIC in 2016 showed a 96% reduction in ivory on sale in the domestic market compared with 2012.

“This is a dramatic turnaround and is testament to the effectiveness of the Thai response. However, the longevity of this programme will depend heavily upon continued law enforcement monitoring of the situation,” the report stated.

Within Southeast Asia, the next highest scorer was Indonesia ranking at 24th; then Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia, which ranked 97th globally.

Read the full report by True Luxury Travel here