Environment


The British environmental NGO Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been cooperating with the Burmese subsidiary of China Power Investment (CPI)—the Chinese company that was building the controversial Myitsone Dam—to establish a national park in Kachin State in order to protect a rare species of monkey called the Burmese snub-nosed monkey. However, it’s unclear whether this rare monkey species will thrive in the park because most of the area’s natural forest habitat has been cleared by logging interests.
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Lampi Island, Myanmar – Off a remote, glimmering beach in Myanmar backed by a lush tropical forest, Julia Tedesco skims the crystalline waters with mask and fins, looking for coral and fish life.
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Thousands of people in eastern Burma are urgently in need of drinking water after the area’s lakes and wells were polluted by floodwater last week.
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Each year, as Burma’s monsoon season reaches its peak, stories of inundated fields, homes and entire villages pour into the DVB newsroom. Poor drainage systems and a chronic lack of preparedness leave much of the country — urban and rural alike — highly vulnerable to storm damage and the unsanitary conditions that come with prolonged floodwater stagnation.
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The illegal logging of rosewood in Myanmar and throughout the region highlights the challenge of preservation in the absence of adequate enforcement.
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Residents raise environmental, health concerns
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The palm oil sector may be set for a take-off in southern Myanmar, but experts are divided on whether the controversial crop can be sustainable in the long term.
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Burmese tree species tamalan and padauk are disappearing at an extremely rapid pace as Chinese traders have begun targeting their high-value wood, and the species could be logged to extinction in Burma within as little as three years, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has warned.
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Burma and the Netherlands resumed water management cooperation in 2013 after a hiatus of some 25 years. During a recent visit by the Dutch minister of infrastructure and transport, both sides expanded the cooperation and revealed plans for a joint US$20 million pilot project to improve use of the Irrawaddy River.
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Lower House speaker Thura Shwe Mann has urged the government to explain its plans to build six controversial hydro-power projects on the Thanlwin River.
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Inle Lake is drying up, and could disappear within the next century if stronger measures are not taken to preserve it, experts warn.
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Myanmar’s forests are the final frontier for the logging of tropical hardwoods in mainland Southeast Asia.
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More than 10,000 mangrove trees will be planted in Pathein, the capital of the Irrawaddy Delta region that often sees massive flooding during the rainy season, sometimes forcing inundated local residents to flee their homes.
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Myanmar government will carry out maintenance work on two major rivers — Ayeyawaddy and Chindwin in the country, aiming at improving navigation on the two rivers, official media reported Thursday.
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People should prepare immediately for a heat-wave as potentially record-breaking temperatures look set to envelop many parts of Burma, according to Tun Lwin, the former head of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
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The destruction of Myanmar’s forests must be curbed to prevent climate change, environmentalist U Tin Than told Mizzima on April 23.
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A total of 3,200 civil servants have faced legal action during the past 10 years for involvement in illegal logging, the director-general of the Forest Department in Nay Pyi Taw, U Zaw Win, said on April 22.
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Sule Pagoda Road in downtown Rangoon is famous for its role in Burma’s turbulent recent history. With its golden pagoda rising at one end, it has always served as a popular gathering point for street protests.
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Communities in northern Shan State have grown worried over two large hydropower dams planned on the Salween River and its tributary, after government officials and representatives of a Burmese and Chinese company informed them about the projects last month, Shan NGOs said Tuesday.
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A ban on all raw timber exports from Burma came into effect on Tuesday, in an attempt to rein in one of the country’s highly lucrative and notoriously corrupt extractives. The new regulation, which criminalises cross-border trade of unrefined wood products, is meant to stop the flow of raw resources and encourage development of value-added processing industries, though many are sceptical of the government’s ability to accomplish that outcome.
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