“What’s certain is a lot of the adaptation and mitigation work done with international support like the Green Climate Fund and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) will stop.”
That means progress on the Dawei project could be delayed for as long as two and a half years by the time a new elected government comes to power.
It is in connection with an alleged fraudulent practice under the Bank-financed Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management Project in Myanmar.
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.