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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 […]

Myanmar VP calls for more efforts to attract intra-ASEAN travelers

YANGON, June 13 (Xinhua) — Myanmar Second Vice President U Henry Van Thio called for more efforts to attract intra-ASEAN travelers to the country, Myanmar News Agency reported Wednesday. Addressing the opening of the the Myanmar Tourism Conference in Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday, U Henry Van Thio urged for targeting Eastern countries of China, Japan, […]

Myanmar bans lucrative logging in bid to preserve forests

Myanmar has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly-elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday. Myanmar’s rich forests are among its most valuable natural resources, but they have been plundered by logging that helped fund the former military regime that ran […]

US opening to Myanmar timber could help save forests

The US Treasury Department earlier this month granted a 1-year waiver on the sanctions on timber trade of American companies with Myanmar. Under the waiver, timber trade is for US companies and other members of the International Wood Products Association (IWPA), according to Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE), a state enterprise in charge of timber trade. […]

Myanmar Rosewood Stolen to Feed China’s Elite Furniture Craze

Myanmar’s precious rosewood tree species are heading for imminent commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar rosewood furniture boom, an environmental conservation group said. The illegal trade in rosewood species is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire for the high-end Ming and Qing dynasty reproduction furniture collectively known […]