Myanmar forestry officials call for end to corruption Reply

By Mai Sara Htwe Mizzima Tuesday 17 May 2016

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Forestry department staff will submit an 8-point demand calling for the control and eradication of corruption.

The natural resources and environment conservation department director general Nyi Nyi Kyaw speaking at a forest resources sustainability workshop held on May 15 said that the demand would be discussed with union ministers and would be presented to parliament.

This 8-point demand calls for better pay and allowances to public servants, action against both sides in relation to corruption i.e. takers and givers, establishing an effective complaints system, issuing department policy and procedures for public awareness, relaxing and decentralizing procedures, and having an independent monitoring team to control and eradicate corruption in the department.

One former forestry official said that most corrupt officials in the forestry department were high ranking officials and they took large amount of bribes in relation to forest products extraction and sale. Lower ranking officials were only involved in small scale corruption such as collecting protection money from smugglers.

Director General Nyi Nyi Kyaw said that government staff should have good morals as the first phase in controlling corruption in the department.

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Indonesia to Establish First EU Licensing Scheme for Legal Timber Exports Reply


Jakarta Globe Friday April 22, 2016

JAKARTA –  Indonesia will be the first country to implement a timber licensing scheme for exports to European Union, as part of the country effort to reduce illegal logging and promote trade to the economic bloc.

The country has been negotiating the Indonesia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU for over a decade. The agreement is aimed at promoting trade in legally produced timber between the two parties and to improve forest governance and law enforcement. More…

Myanmar Environmental Network Demands Incoming Govt End Salween Dam Projects Reply

By YEN SNAING / THE IRRAWADDY| Monday, February 22, 2016 |

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A stretch of the Salween River in Karenni State. (Photo: Alex Ellgee / The Irrawaddy)

YANGON — Save the Salween Network (SSN), a group of nine river protection and ethnic civil society groups, released a statement on Monday calling on the incoming government to halt all projects on the Salween River, which extends through China, Myanmar and Thailand.

“In accordance with the new government’s promise to guarantee ethnic rights and set up a federal democratic system, the Save the Salween Network urges the new government to stop all plans to build dams on the Salween River, as they will have disastrous impacts on the lives of countless ethnic communities in Myanmar,” the statement read.

“This is not only going to create misunderstanding between ethnic peoples and the new government, but will also have impacts on ethnic armed groups and the current peace process.”

Saw Tha Phoe of Karen River Watch, a network member, said that the SSN is worried about news of an agreement between the Chinese and Burmese governments on Feb. 2 to build 18 new dams along Myanmar’s rivers, though details of the agreement were not publicized.

“The government did not officially release any details about the 18 dams. We just know that there are plans to build dams along the Salween River,” Saw Tha Phoe told The Irrawaddy.

“We want to know why this is being so hurriedly done when the government’s term is ending. When the NLD [National League for Democracy] government takes power, they will have to take care of what the previous government did.”

According to Saw Tha Phoe, six hydropower dams are already underway on the Salween River: Kunlong, Mann Taung, Mong Ton (Tasang) and Naung Pa in Shan State, Ywathit in Karenni State, and Hatgyi in Karen State.

The Myanmar Rivers Network has said previously that these dam projects, which have a combined capacity of 15,000 megawatts and which are funded by Chinese, Burmese and Thai investors, pose a threat to the future of locals and to the Salween basin’s rich biodiversity.

“The Mong Ton dam, planned on the Salween River in Shan State, will be the largest hydropower project in Southeast Asia, and will threaten the lives, homes and property of countless communities in Shan, Karenni, Karen and Mon states,” the network said.

“According to research along the Salween by earthquake experts, the building of dams will have seismically disruptive impacts on major fault lines, and should definitely not go ahead,” the network added.

The current Salween dam projects, the network said, are also violating the human rights and indigenous rights of local people.

“The Salween dam projects are fuelling tension and conflict between different ethnic armed groups,” SSN said. “Government troops are also using the pretext of providing security for the dams to expand their presence in ethnic areas. This is threatening the peace process and the lives, homes and property of local ethnic peoples.”

Environmental Network Demands Incoming Govt End Salween Dam Projects

Malaysia, Cambodia sign MoU on cooperation in green technology Reply

The Malay mail Online Thursday September 10, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR –  Malaysia and Cambodia today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of a framework for cooperation in the field of green technology.

The MoU, among other things, aimed to enhance opportunities for economic and social development in both countries, as well as to promote the development of technologies, products, services, trade and market. More…

Santubong Nature Festival, Sarawak Reply

KUCHING: Santubong Nature Festival (SNF) is back for the second year from Nov 8 and 9 at Permai Rainforest Resort.

Conceptualised and organized by the Malaysian Nature Society-Kuching Branch (MNSKB), the first SNF was held in November 2013.
The festival is hosted by Permai Rainforest Resort and held in collaboration with Kuching City North Hall (DBKU), and with the support from Sarawak Museum, Geoscience and Mineral Department, Sarawak Forestry Corporation, Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, Sultan Iskandar Planetarium, IBEC of Universiti Sarawak Malaysia, Ika Picture House, Sarawak Society of Prevention of Cruelty for Animal and Society of Wilderness (SOW). More…