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Shrimp farms threaten Myanmar’s remaining mangroves

In Myanmar, mangroves have disappeared at an unprecedented clip. The rate of deforestation in the country is the highest in Southeast Asia, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2016. This is big news, both locally and worldwide, because mangroves are a crucial component of the fight against […]

Chainsaws Imperil an Old-Growth Mangrove Stronghold in Southern Myanmar

TANINTHARYI, Myanmar — When viewed from the bow of a boat, the shoreline near the city of Myeik in southern Myanmar is all green. In every direction, low-slung mangroves blanket the horizon, their trunks submerged under several feet of water at high tide. The trees anchor a sprawling landscape that supports village life and a […]

Foreign consultants help with ‘cleaner’ mining practices

Efforts are being made to pursue more environmentally friendly practices in the Lonkhin-Hpakant Gems Tract in cooperation with local companies. The jade mining operation in the Lonkhin-Hpakant Gems Tract has resulted in environmental damage. To address this impact, Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) were prepared by a team led by Australian-based consultants Coffey Myanmar Limited and […]

Lobby petitions Japanese investors over Dawei

With the Japan-ASEAN summit approaching, a local rights group is calling on Japanese investors to back away from the controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) until international best practices for compensation and environmental protection are established. The government last month suspended all work on the multi-billion dollar SEZ until it can undergo a due diligence […]