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Nay Pyi Taw scraps Hpa-An coal power plant, communities urge Kayin govt to follow suit

Kayin communities and civil society groups applauded Nay Pyi Taw’s decision announced last month to halt a proposed coal power plant in Hpa-An and urged the regional government to confirm the cancellation. Meanwhile, a total of 130 civil society groups issued a joint statement to urge the government to cancel all proposed and suspended coal-fired […]

Timber industry faces challenges in the voluntary partnership agreement process in forest governance

“The government has concerns and the fact that is does not have the trust of multiple stakeholders is a challenge for the process. “Every change implies sacrificing the interests of certain people, or things, for a certain time but it will be a benefit in the long run, resulting in a sustainable enterprise,” he said. […]

World Bank Arm Defends Mandalay Cement Factory Project Amid Civil Society Opposition

Following an open letter sent to the World Bank’s President Jim Kim by a coalition of community-based organizations opposing a proposed plan to support the expansion of a cement plant in Mandalay Region and the coal mine that fuels it, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) maintains that the project is worthwhile. The open letter was […]

President’s Office to grant ministry land to Shwedagon developers

The President’s Office will grant ministry-owned land in Yangon to five companies, as compensation for cancelling their projects beside Shwedagon Pagoda earlier this year, a senior official said. The five large developments were to be built on Ministry of Defence land beside Myanmar’s most famous religious site, but were called off permanently in July, following […]