Environment


The Ministry of Cooperatives will begin distributing microloans using US$300 million borrowed from China ahead of the monsoon cultivation season, a senior official says.
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A Burmese environmentalist has been honoured with a prestigious prize for his activism against a billion-dollar dam project.
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Myint Zaw knew his underground campaign against a huge government-backed hydroelectric project was succeeding when he climbed into a taxi late one night and the driver recognized his voice through the shadows. (more…)

The Myanmar Port Authority (MPA) is cooperating with Starhigh Asia Pacific to clear mud, flotsam and sediment in the Yangon river for two weeks.
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Russian Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) is currently negotiating the possible cooperation with Myanmar over the supply of the advance nuclear technologies for the country to be able to increase its generating capacities.

Russia is holding preliminary negotiations with Myanmar over the supply of advanced nuclear technologies.

“Talks are being held with Myanmar on the creation of favorable conditions for the supply of advanced nuclear technologies to the country; the favorable conditions include the preparation of the legal framework and training of personnel,” Rosatom’s Deputy Director General Kirill Komarov said at the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum in Tokyo.

“Those are preliminary negotiations,” he stressed, “but like many other countries of the Asia-Pacific region, Myanmar is interested in increasing its generating capacities and could resort to the construction of a nuclear power plant.”

Earlier in March another Deputy Director General of Rosatom, Nikolay Spassky, visited Myanmar. Following his visit, the country’s Minister for Information Ye Htut confirmed that the country is interested in the peaceful use of nuclear energy in cooperation with Russia.

In May 2007 the two governments signed an intergovernmental cooperation agreement to establish a “nuclear studies” center in Myanmar, which will include a 10-megawatt, light water-moderated nuclear reactor.

The center also will include a medical isotope production laboratory and nuclear waste treatment and burial facilities. In addition, Russian universities will train 300–350 specialists for the center.

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Local residents have declared that they reject the proposed Mong Ton hydropower dam project planned for the Salween River 20 kilometers north of Ta-Sa-Lar Village in Mong Ton Township in Eastern Shan State.
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The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has told the Rakhine State government to order a halt on sand mining on a series of popular beaches in the Ngapali area, as a public campaign against the practice continued to gain momentum over the past week.
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The British mining firm Aurasian Minerals Plc (AuM) announced in an update to shareholders in January that this past December it had delivered “three applications for mineral exploration licenses to the Myanmar Mining Authorities.” Though the firm did not say where in Burma these applications were made it did reveal that the applications were made in areas that according to the company there exists “jade and gem mining concessions”.
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Southern Shan State’s famed Inle Lake is again facing drought conditions that have seen many of the area’s waterways dry up and access to clean water reduced.
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Century Plyboards was not affected by Myanmar’s timber export ban because it had set up a semi-processed peeling facility in Myanmar last year, reports Live Mint on April 5.
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Cardinal  Charles Maung Bo yesterday called on all sides in Myanmar’s long-running ethnic conflicts to implement a genuine ceasefire without resorting to the pillaging by “international looters and cronies” of natural resources that has marked past efforts to end decades of conflict.
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Rangoon municipal authority and the city’s main electricity supplier have been trading blame over who is responsible for growing water shortages in Burma’s biggest city.
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President U Thein Sein is being asked to order a halt to sand-mining at Ngapali beach in an online petition being circulated by a newly formed environmental group.
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A rockslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed at least nine miners, and rescuers were searching for around 20 others, state media reported on Wednesday, two days after the accident.
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Minister of Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun said Myanmar is helping to make significant gains in programmes that protect the mountain ecosystems, including sustainable methods of agriculture and tourism.
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Burma Rivers Watch rejected all dam construction in Shan State at a press conference held at Classic Hall in Taunggyi City, Shan State on 13 March.
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Communities in Shan State held a press conference yesterday in the state capital Taunggyi to urge the Myanmar government and foreign investors to immediately stop plans to build large dams on rivers in Shan state, where conflict is escalating.
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A series of bushfires have ravaged the hills surrounding the popular travel destination and pilgrimage site Mount Popa, amid contradictory reports over whether the fires are still burning.
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China is showing interest in reviving long-standing proposals for a deep-water canal through the narrowest part of Thailand’s long peninsula to link the Indian Ocean with the South China Sea. (more…)

When the government in Naypyidaw looks at the Salween River and other rivers in Burma, they don’t see their beauty: they see Thai baht, Chinese yuan, US dollars and Indian rupees. (more…)

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