Environment


Visiting Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw said yesterday that his country agreed to consider becoming a full member of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Xinhua reported on 26 October.

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A 10-year program will seek to undo some of the damage that years of unchecked logging has done to the nation’s woodlands through the cultivation of so-called “forest farms”, Forestry Department director general U Myo Min has said.

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A journalist who says he was forced to flee his home for fear of reprisals from timber smugglers has accused local authorities in Mandalay Region of not coming to his aid. And another reporter, a freelancer, staged a one-man protest denouncing “corrupt officials”.

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Mongla lies on the border of the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China and Shan State in northeastern Burma. Situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the city is known among other sad epithets as the wildlife trafficking capital of the world and for drugs, gambling, and prostitution.

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Myanmar’s air is not only harmful to breathe, it’s also among the worst in the world, according to new information from the World Health Organization.

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The 25 tons of teak logs recently seized on the Salween River in Karen State show that the illegal trade persists despite a nationwide logging ban.

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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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