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 […]

Chinese firm claims Hpa-an locals support cement factory project

Myanmar Jidong Cement Company, a subsidiary of Chinese multinational giant Tangshan Jidong, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cement, has countered claims that local communities in Karen State capital Hpa-an are opposed to their building a factory in the area, saying it has the support of the people, and that it intends building the […]

Fear of Pagoda Damage Draws Protests at Letpadaung Mine

Yangon — At least 150 rights activists and local residents are urging authorities in northwest Burma to allow them to visit a historic Buddhist pagoda that was allegedly damaged by a blast at the Letpadaung copper mine project last week. Amid rumors that the pagoda was damaged in a blast last Thursday, protests have been […]

Dawei Special Economic Zone calls for Japan’s collaboration

Efforts are being made to include Japan as a strategic partner for the Dawei Special Economic Zone Project with the purpose of obtaining clean coal technology to supply electricity, according to the Dawei Special Economic Zone Management Committee. Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and deep sea port project was started in 2008 attracting criticism and […]