If China takes the bait and resumes this and other deeply unpopular hydropower projects in partnership with the new junta, it is likely to permanently alienate the people of Myanmar, including their democratic leaders.
International upstream players Total, Unocal (Chevron) and Australia’s Woodside — the last of which has an ongoing exploration campaign offshore Myanmar — are among companies that have signed up to the ‘Statement by Concerned Businesses Operating in Myanmar’ co-ordinated by the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB).
Myanmar’s forests are one of its most valuable natural resources, but have been plundered by logging which helped fund the former military regime that ran the country for 49 years, before an unsteady transition to democracy began in 2011.
It’s understandable that the international aid community wants to distance itself from the military regime. But it’s important that development and conservation programs continue to be funded.
“The species must have a very small distribution, otherwise it would have certainly been discovered earlier. Their ecology and population dynamics is basically unknown.”
The author examines the life histories of generations of Asian elephants in Myanmar studying meticulous records of elephants going back over a century and meeting with their descendants as well as their oozies.
Renewable energy production and hydropower plant projects will be prioritised to help power the country in the future.
The “cradle to grave” environmental Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) of five hydropower plants in Myanmar demonstrates that the projects currently fails to deliver sustainable hydropower and does not support the management of associated environmental predicaments.
Junta generals in Myanmar say timber exports are “trading legally and officially,” despite the armed takeover —Environmental Investigation Agency refuted the notion that Myanmar is abiding by EU Timber Regulations and certification standards.