Pacific Geographies #47 published

We are glad to inform you that the most recent issue #47 of our journal Pacific Geographies has been published online.

This is the editorial of the Pacific Geographies #47:


Dear readers,

the present issue of Pacific Geographies discusses various topics. The first two articles are dealing with the mountainous remote regions of Southeast Asia. The APSA-member Sebastian Koch highlights recent positive developments in terms of forest governance in Lao PDR, especially since the implementation of processes and mechanisms such as REDD+ and FLEGT after the new government took over in early 2016. Mathias Faust from the NGO ” Electricians Without Borders” introduces about a rural electrification project for the Red Dao minority in Ca Lo, Vietnam.

This issue also contains a travel report about a country which some label as the most evil place on earth. The author prefers to stay anonymous. As you might have followed the news, only a few weeks ago, Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old University of Virginia student was released from a North Korean prison after spending 17 months in captivity and more than a year in a coma. He died only a week after returning home. He had travelled from Beijing to Pyongyang with a tour group and was arrested at Pyongyang International Airport upon his departure. Otto Warmbier had to go on trial where he confessed to stealing a propaganda poster and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour.

The APSA member Britta Schmitz, a regular contributor to our journal, did accomplish another excellent book review. This time, she had a closer look at “Totenkranz”, the third crime novel dealing with Hanoi-based special agent Ly and written by the Hamburg-based author Nora Luttmer.

Last but least, we would like you to know that our journal has received a new web design based on a state-of-the-art content management system. Please have a look at: We sincerely hope you like it and that you also enjoy this new issue of Pacific Geographies.

The managing editors, Michael Waibel & Matthias Kowasch