Environment


An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression. (more…)

An atmosphere of optimism over the sustainable development of hydropower dams in Burma was tempered by serious concern at the country’s first ever public workshop on dams in Naypyidaw early this week.
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The World Bank Group and the International Hydropower Association are helping Myanmar develop a more sustainable hydropower sector by promoting best practices in technical, environmental, and social standards, according to a joint press release from the two organisations issued January 19. (more…)

In open letters to Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power and the Thai and Chinese embassies in Yangon, the Burma Rivers Network appealed January 19 for an end to controversial plans to construct dams on the Salween or Thanlwin river. (more…)

Pressure is growing on the Food and Drug Administration to publish a secret report on Yangon’s dirty drinking water. (more…)

Local people in Mongkung Township in Southern Shan State say a meeting to discuss the plan for a controversial coal mining project has failed to resolve the clash of views. (more…)

Birdwatchers have reported a stunning decline in wildlife at the Paleik Lake in Mandalay Division, with some suggesting that the animals are poisoned and sold in local markets. (more…)

Villagers have voiced concerns over ongoing large-scale coal mining in southern Burma’s Tenasserim Division, saying the extractive project is affecting the livelihoods of residents in five area villages. (more…)

Old habits die hard. Even as the crystalline water gushes unbounded from the newly installed taps, to the delight of old and young alike, some of the parents are worried: What if it dries up again? (more…)

A million acres of forest have been wiped out to make way for 300 dams in Myanmar since the same projects began, and over 18 million acres of catchment area near the dams need to be preserved, according to Tin Aye, a retired director of the Forest Department in the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. (more…)

Refined salt production in the Irrawaddy delta has been in decline since the area was devastated by Cyclone Nargis in 2008, said an official at Myanmar Salt Enterprise. (more…)

The water level in Ayeyawaddy River has been declining earlier and faster than last year with water level in Mandalay recording lower than 3.7 meters (12 feet), according to Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems. (more…)

The construction of coal-fired power plants by the Ministry of Electric Power violates the national energy policy (NEP), said Aung Myint, secretary of the Renewable Energy Association Myanmar (REAM). (more…)

The already dwindling population of Irrawaddy dolphins in Burma now faces a new threat: electric shock.

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Bowing to local pressure over a proposal to build a coal-fired power plant in the coastal region of Nga Yoke Kaung, the Irrawaddy Division government has backed off the plan and says it will not proceed with the project if it is against the public’s will. (more…)

A plan to establish marine protected areas in Myeik Archipelago in southernmost Myanmar was backed by officials from several ministries at a workshop in Tanintharyi Region last week. (more…)

Despite local opposition, the Karen National Union has deployed its staff to secure the area in Dawei Township, Taninthayi Region, where the Banchaung mining project is located, according to locals. (more…)

Negotiations over compensation for land taken from rubber plantation owners by Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprises or MOGE for a gas pipeline passing through Wel-Khru Village-Tract and Chan-Ta-Yar Land, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State have stalled, reports the Independent Mon News Agency November 18. (more…)

The World Wildlife Fund plans to focus its efforts on green growth development, reforestation and biodiversity conservation in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region, a spokesperson from the organisation said in Yangon on November 1. (more…)

Flora and Fauna International (FFI) said it held a meeting recently with representatives of several government ministries and the Tenasserim Division government to discuss plans for the creation of a Marine Protected Area in Mergui Archipelago, located off the coast of southern Burma. (more…)

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