Environment


Myanmar is in a critical period where the direction of the power sector can provide revolutionary inclusive sustainable growth, or become a crippling anchor keeping the economy submerged under rising tides.

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Taking a brazen step in a he-said-she-said argument in Mandalay’s parliament, a region minister denied photographic and first-hand evidence of illegal logging.

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A lawmaker from Kachin State urged the Upper House to look into illegal logging carried out by local militia groups in Kachin State’s Kawnglangphu Township on the Sino-Burma border.

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Burma’s billion-dollar jade industry needs a reformed legal framework to release it from the grip of the military elites, drug lords and crony companies, says a British transparency watchdog.

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CMT will hold the 3rd Myanmar Mining summit on 18-20 October in Yangon. The event will be co-hosted by the newly merged Ministry of Natural Resources & Environmental Conservation.

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An international environmental advocacy group is to give tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to allow Myanmar students to pursue their studies. World Wide Fund for Nature Myanmar will present the Education for Nature fellowship awards next March.

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Forestry police numbering 215 have been deployed since Sept. 1 across multiple states and divisions, to protect forestry department personnel in a continued crackdown on illegal logging, which has previously drawn violent reprisals from criminal gangs.

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A Rakhine State environmental alliance has gathered 300,000 signatures calling for full state control of local property and resources.

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The divisional government launched an investigation into a resort and culture park under construction on the eastern bank of the famous Thaungthaman Lake outside the city of Mandalay, after local residents complained about the impact of the project.

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Myanmar authorities will allow resumption of timber production under limit in the next fiscal year of 2017-18 despite suspension of logging during the current fiscal year of 2016-17, official media reported Monday.

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Electricity-starved Myanmar is looking to overhaul its long-term power strategy, aiming to hike the planned share of hydropower in its energy mix at the cost of polluting coal as it tries to attract foreign investment.

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A combination of factors ranging from climate change to deforestation are being blamed for an apparent increase in flooding, with hundreds of thousands displaced for a second consecutive year.

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Myanmar has become the main route for smuggling rhino horns from India to China, according to wildlife crime experts.

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Another 11 tonnes of illegal timber was confiscated from a former wood factory within a forest area cordoned off for military research on September 1, bringing the total illegal timber found in that area over the past two month to 500 tonnes.

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Mercury, a highly-toxic chemical that endangers the health of small-scale gold miners who use it in far northern Myanmar, has been detected in one of the main waterways flowing through Yangon.

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Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) renegades have denied media reports that one of their commanders, Maj. Na Ma Kyar, had kidnapped the men who ultimately killed him last week.

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Permits for 321 jade and gems blocks will expire in September, the government has said, and will not be renewed, under an industry-wide freeze on new licences expected to continue until by-laws to the Myanmar Gemstones Law have been passed.

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One of the resolutions which came out of the three-day Mon National Conference has been to stand against the use of a coal power plant by a cement company in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw Township.

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China has extended an offer to assist Myanmar with a large-scale project to prevent natural disasters, says the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

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Shan community groups are calling for the suspension of a Chinese-backed dam on the Salween River that they say risks exacerbating conflict and environmental problems in northern Shan State.

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