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Why Myanmar villagers still engage in illegal logging of mangroves

Just as dawn was breaking on a balmy morning this past January, U Khin Win left his home with a pair of black rubber boots and a sickle. He met his friend, U Tin Hla, who was filling up the tank of their small, rickety motorboat on the riverbank. U Khin Win and U Tin […]

Log exports to be permitted to lure timber plantations

The Forest Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has been planning to permit the export of logs harvested from private timber plantations, U Tin Tun, director of the Forest Department, told The Myanmar Times. To protect the environment and prevent deforestation, Myanmar in April 2014 banned the export of whole logs […]

Myanmar energy firm plans $35m investment

DRIVEN by its vision to become an innovative leader in Myanmar’s growing energy sector, locally-owned Parami Energy Group of Companies plans to invest US$35 million (Bt1.15 billion) in its LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) business over the next three years, according to Group CEO Ken Tun, aka Pyae Wa Tun. He told a media roundtable on […]

Myanmar Ranks Near Bottom of Global Illegal Trade Index

YANGON—Myanmar urgently needs to combat illicit trade, particularly in the areas of logging, mining, human trafficking and consumer goods, the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) said after the country placed near the bottom of a global index on illicit trade. Myanmar ranked 82nd out of 84 countries—followed only by Iraq and Libya—in the […]

Myanmar-Thailand road cuts through last wilderness

Across the open door of the immigration office, a black dog sleeps, his ears twitching. It is a slow day at the border, under the tropical afternoon sun. The incessant whine of cicadas off the bumpy red dirt road at my back, snaking through the hills from the west, will soon give way to the […]

Myanmar calls to end illegal timber trade with China

YANGON – Myanmar officials have demanded that the Chinese government stop importing thousands of tonnes of illegal timber into China. The move came after a China-Myanmar trade cooperation meeting during the 13th China-Myanmar Border Expo held in China from December 6 to 8. “There are about twenty thousands of logs in the southern part of […]