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Myanmar to Target Illegal Charcoal Trade with China

Myanmar has pledged to stem the massive tide of charcoal being illegally harvested, produced and exported from their forests to Chinese factories. Last week a senior official from the country’s Department of Forestry told the Myanmar Times that the charcoal trade has “exacerbated” deforestation. Certain forestry products like charcoal are not allowed to be exported from Myanmar. […]

Coffee Culture Grows in Rangoon

RANGOON — It is 2:30 a.m. and I am on my way home after a night out with friends when I find myself watching the teashop boys on my street set up tables with their half-open eyes. The teashop’s soft light is bright enough to see one man baking naan. An older man who prides […]

Swedish Court rules Against Importer of Myanmar Timber

Sweden has prosecuted an importer and trader of Myanmar teak under an European Union rule that bans placing illegal or high-risk wood on the EU market, according to information from the NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). An EIA statement yesterday announced that a Swedish Forest Agency investigation found Almtra Nordic could not demonstrate who had […]

Myanmar’s forests face myriad problems as logging ban continues

YANGON – Myanmar’s forests are rich. They are rich in variety, in natural resources, and in wildlife. But they are also rich in danger. “Myanmar’s forests are more in crisis than ever before,” said Faith Doherty, lead forest campaigner at the UK-based Environmental Investigation Agency. “If you just look at what’s happened in the last […]

Myanmar forest-cutting continues despite government efforts

PINLEBU, Myanmar (AP) — The hills of northern Myanmar’s Sagaing region were so legendarily thick with forests that in the days of kings, condemned criminals were ordered into the woods as a death sentence. Today illegal logging has left vast swaths of bare patches, with only a handful of old-growth stands. Despite a temporary ban […]