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Forest in Yedashe Township, Taungoo District, Myanmar. Photo: Myanmar REDD+ Programme
Thursday, March 12 2015

A new report reveals that the Myanmar government has allocated at least 5.2 million acres and plans to allocate another 11 million acres of Southeast Asia’s last remaining biodiversity-rich high-value forests to make way for large-scale, private agribusiness projects that often never materialize.

Wednesday, March 11 2015

Yangon is on the list of the world’s top cities that may soon become global financial capitals and havens for the super-rich, global real estate consultancy Knight Frank predicts in its annual Wealth Report, released last week.

Friday, March 6 2015

The Three Millennium Development Goal Fund will partner with the with United Nations Population Fund to support the Myanmar Health Ministry’s plans to strengthen the health system, according to a press release from the fund on March 5.

Tuesday, March 3 2015

Trains chug around Yangon's circular railway at a stately pace barely faster than a brisk walk, but this creaking relic of colonial times is ...

Six airports in Myanmar have had an upgrade. Bagan-Nyaung U Airport. Photo: Mizzima
Tuesday, March 3 2015

Myanmar has upgraded six major airports in terms of safety and security by installing new equipment, reports Xinhua on March 2.

Saturday, February 28 2015

The Yangon Women’s Festival, set to run from March 2 to 8 in Myanmar’s commercial capital, will be a celebration of women beginning on International Women’s Day, according to the organizers.

Paunglaung dam in 2013. Photo: Mizzima
Saturday, February 28 2015

The Myanmar government plans to focus efforts on building 20 hydropower plants within the Ayeyarwady River basin, according to HydroPower news on February 27.

The OGP conference in full swing.
Thursday, February 26 2015

Civil society groups say the government is failing to include them in a process aimed at establishing greater openness in the country’s administration and have raised concern about the benefits of joining the Open Government Partnership.

The groups make the comments in a statement issued after a two-day workshop on the Open Government Partnership, in which President U Thein Sein has said Myanmar will seek membership this year.

Nai Hong Sar addressing the media.
Thursday, February 26 2015

Myanmar’s main coalition of armed ethnic groups, the United Nationalities Federal Council, has said it would be “impossible” for a ceasefire agreement to be signed on Union Day, February 12, as proposed by President U Thein Sein. The UNFC has instead called for President U Thein Sein and the leaders of armed ethnic groups to sign an agreement on establishing a federal union on Union Day.  The call was made in a statement issued by UNFC leaders at a media briefing in Bangkok on February 2.

Tourists visit the Mya Thein Tan pagoda in Sagaing, some 10 kilometres northwest of Mandalay, Myanmar, February 6, 2015. Photo: Pyae Sone Aung/EPA
Tuesday, February 24 2015

Myanmar needs to take care in how it develops its tourism to avoid the potential for negative impacts on the environment, society and human rights, according to a report just out.

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