Environment


Kyaukpyu residents demanded that Arakan State government ministers help reduce the suffering caused by the Shwe Gas Project pipeline being built by the China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) and Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE).

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For much of the past two decades Maung Aye’s life has revolved around a daily routine that mixes the hope of finding sudden riches with constant danger and back-breaking work.

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A mining company in Tenasserim Division is filing a defamation case against the author of an essay about a fish lamenting the destruction of a local creek.

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Tanintharyi Region, the southern tip of Myanmar, abounds with natural resources and the problems associated with them.

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Every year at this time, the ponds and wells go dry. People walk for hours to fill their plastic buckets at a lotus-filled pond that is the only clean source of drinking water in this community outside Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon.

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At least 10 people have been reported killed and dozens more are missing after a downpour triggered the collapse of a massive slag heap in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township on Monday night, in the latest deadly landslide to hit Burma’s notoriously unregulated jade-mining region.

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Around 40 residents staged a protest on Monday calling for the shutdown of a gold-mining operation near Uru Creek in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township.

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Daw Yin Myo Suu was born and raised in Nyaung Shwe, on the edge of Inle Lake. She is managing director of Inle Princess Resort and founder of the Inthar Heritage House, both of which promote the customs and traditions of the Inthar people, who live on and around the lake. She spoke to Frontier about her approach to business and what can be done to help save one of the country’s most iconic natural sites.

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Ywel Jer remembers a time when Saijarbon, an ethnic Kachin village perched upon a hilltop in Hpakant Township, was surrounded by mountains.

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Residents living near large scale coal mining operations in northern Shan State have called on the firm, Ngwe Yi Pale Mining Co. Ltd, to stop coal mining in Hsipaw Township due to the serious environmental consequences the mining has inflicted on the area.

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Yangon-based Won Toll signed an agreement for a 300-megawatt solar power project with Kamrai Panit from Thailand on May 18, said officials.

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The city-folk of Rangoon are in for a visual treat this week as a new photo exhibition, Human. Nature., opens at Myanmar Deitta gallery. Produced in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the show features works by award-winning photographer Minzayar, who ventured into southeastern Burma’s wilderness to capture the links between nature and livelihoods.

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As Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) engaged in a historic transfer of power in the Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw in March, my Burmese colleagues and I stood on a deserted beach 170 miles to the southwest, near Gwa on the Rakhine coast. We were speaking to local fishermen about their livelihoods and hearing about the unfortunate death of a young dugong – southeast Asia’s cousin of the manatee.

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has announced it will boost wood-based industries and tackle illegal wood logging in 100 days.

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A court in Pyin Oo Lwin District on Thursday dropped the remaining charges against U Eindaka, the abbot of the Yay Pu Monastery in Mandalay Division’s Mogok Township, after the lawsuit against him was withdrawn.

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A court here has ordered U Eindaka from Mandalay Division’s Mogok Township to pay a 20,000 kyats fine (US$17) or spend three months in prison under Burma’s Forestry Law, with the fine paid by his supporters following the verdict on Wednesday.

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Forestry department staff will submit an 8-point demand calling for the control and eradication of corruption.

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Residents in the Myitsone Dam project area have urged President Htin Kyaw and the new government to end the Myitsone project so that relocated villagers can return to their villages
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More than 8,000 villagers in Kachin State have sent an open letter to Burma’s new government calling on it to address a land confiscation dispute with Yuzana Company Limited, a Burmese conglomerate blacklisted by the United States.
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About 80 farmers protested in front of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) office on 2 May to demand the restoration of their farmland, which was ruined by a gas pipeline.
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