World-Class Aquarium to Open in Kandawgyi in April 2018

An aquarium of international standard is set to open in Kandawgyi in Yangon next April, according to U Phyo Min Thein, chief minister of Yangon Region. “Arrangements are being made to open an aquarium of international standard at Kandawgyi in April 2018,” he said. Fish breeding, prawn breeding and fish-keeping will be taught at a […]

China says will keep talking to Myanmar over stalled dam scheme

BEIJING: China said on Wednesday it will continue to talk to Myanmar about a controversial stalled dam project, after Myanmar’s new energy minister cast doubt over the scheme. Valued at US$3.6 billion, the Myitsone dam project in the north of the former Burma has been a sticking point between the two countries since the previous […]

Big dams can wait, Myanmar overhauls energy strategy

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Big hydropower dams are not a priority in Myanmar’s strategy to tackle chronic power shortages, the country’s new energy minister said in an interview that cast doubt over a controversial China-backed project in the country’s north. Already the construction minister, Win Khaing has overhauled the poor Southeast Asian country’s power strategy since […]

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 […]

Five killed in Myanmar jade clash

YANGON: Police in northern Myanmar opened fire on hundreds of local residents who tried to enter a jade mine, killing at least five and injuring 20 others, state media said on Friday. Five policemen were also reportedly hurt. The official Myanmar News Agency said 50 jade seekers initially tried to force their way into the […]

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 […]

Government settles gold debts by private miners

The outstanding gold debt owed by private gold mining firms to the government as at September 30, 2017 is 14,121.32 ticals, U Ohn Win, Union Minister for National Resources and Environmental Conservation reported at the Pyithu Hluttaw held on October 19. In Myanmar, 1 tical is equivalent to 16.34 grams. Those debts are to be […]

Gemstone Sales Center Slated for Yangon

The Union govern­ment has created a working commit­tee to plan and estabish a gemstone sales center in Yangon, U Kyaw Win, Chairman of Myanmar Gold Entrepreneur Asso­ciation, said. The committee was jointly organized by of­ficials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conser­vation, members of the Myanmar Gem and Jew­elry Entrepreneurs Asso­ciation, and the […]

NGO Urges Gov’t To Halt Kachin Hydropower Project

A new report pub­lished by the Kachin Develop­ment Networking Group (KDNG) implored the government to cease con­struction on the Ngo Chan Hka Hydropower projects on the Ngo Chang Hka River, citing various ad­verse ecological and social effects. The project’s four dams are the Laung Din, Tongx­inqiao, Khan Kang, and Gaw Lang on the Ngo Chang […]

Kachin State jade-mining area to get environment plan

An environmental management plan (EMP) to regulate and ensure sustainable mining in Lone Khin area of Hpakant township in Kachin State has been completed, a consultant of the Australia-based company that drafted the strategy said Monday. The plan, which included assessment of the social impact of excessive jade mining in these areas, was prepared by […]