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Inside myanmar’s incendiary and illegal charcoal trade

A year-long investigation into the multi-million-dollar charcoal market and how it moves from the villages of Myanmar into Chinese smelters. A trader turns off his truck’s engine at yet another checkpoint and, again, the soldiers ask him for cash. His truck is filled with charcoal from Myanmar, destined for factories in China’s mountainous southwest province […]

Burning down the house: Myanmar’s destructive charcoal trade

A nearly year-long investigation by Mongabay led to a multi-part reporting project into the illegal production and trade of charcoal in Myanmar. One route for charcoal sales from Myanmar to China documented by Mongabay could generate as much as $10 million a year in payoffs alone to Burmese government officials. The cheap energy source is […]

Govt to continue fight against illegal timber

The government is planning further crackdowns on the illegal timber trade in northern Myanmar, a senior government official says, and also plans to reduce legal logging in the coming years. In April 2014, the government banned exports of raw timber to encourage job creation, maximise the value of forestry resources and help to conserve Myanmar’s […]

Myanmar and China to crack down on illegal timber trade

The Myanmar and Chinese authorities plan to crack down on illegal timber trading routes along their long mutual border. The decision was made at a meeting attended by senior officials from the forestry ministries of the two countries held at the Grand Amara Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on January 13. U Pyae Sone Oo, […]

Timber smuggling continues despite higher fees

Transport fees for trucks smuggling Tamalan timber to China have reached Ks 10 million according to truck drivers on the Mandalay-Muse route. “Trucks with 10 or 12 wheels attached with iron bodied container are used. When the Chinese buyers come, they pay Ks 9 million and an oil barrel,” said one truck driver on the […]