Planning an MPA system in Myanmar: Interview with Phil Dearden

The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar officially emerged from military rule and geopolitical isolation in 2011. A civilian government now holds power, and the nation — home to more than 100 ethnic groups — is reopening itself to the world. Part of this reopening is in the realm of marine conservation: the government is partnering […]

‘Phuket of Myanmar’ seeks MIC approval

The US$1.2 billion LuxDream Island project is branded “the next Phuket” and will feature a high-end marina, luxury hotels, a theme park and a casino. The plan may seem incongruous with the serenity of Myanmar’s Myeik Archipelago. But the island dream looks set to become reality, as Singaporean Zochwell Group prepares to sign a Build, […]

FFI Project to Maximise Timber Benefits for Myanmar Communities

UK-based Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has launched a project in a bid to enable timber trading communities in Myanmar to reap the economic benefits out of new timber rules, the nature conservation group said. In Myanmar, nearly 120,000 acres of forest are now managed by 745 community groups with 30-year licences under a government […]