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Over utilization of groundwater detrimental to the environmental, say conservationists

Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, September 2 – the pumping up of groundwater to fulfill water requirements of the Myanmar public is not a good answer for the environment, Dr Sein Sein Thein, chair of the Evergreen Environment Conservation Organization, told Myitmakha News Agency. “When groundwater was sourced from wells to water crops in Sagaing Region’s Budalin Township, it ended up …

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Record of earthquake damaged pagodas to be kept in Bagan Museum

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Myitmakha News Agency Mandalay, August 31 – a record of the earthquake induced damages to Bagan’s pagodas will be reportedly be kept in the Bagan Archeological Museum upon completion, the General Administration Department (GAD) of Nyaung Oo district has told Myitmakha News Agency. A detailed record of the place items were found, their type and dimensions will reportedly be compiled …

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Bagan earthquake won’t rumble visitor numbers

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Myitmakha News Agency Bagan, August 29 – despite recent earthquake induced destruction to some of Bagan’s most prominent ancient pagodas, it has reportedly not been substantial enough to affect numbers of visiting local and foreign tourists, the Bagan Tour Guide Association (BTGA) told Myitmakha News Agency. “Bagan has been effectively closed off for the time being due the extent of …

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Environmentalists urge planting bamboo to help cut CO2 emissions

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Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, August 11 – carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can reportedly be mitigated by planting bamboo in the areas void of trees, environmentalists say. “The problem with the environment is that people destroy it. Many trees have had to be cut down in areas home to large populations of people. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen which …

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Logging suspended along Bago Yoma for 10 years

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Myitmakha News Agency Naypyidaw, July 21 – logging activities throughout Myanmar have been suspended for the current 2016-17 fiscal year, while logging activities along the Bago Yoma (mountain range) will be completely halted for the next 10 years, according to the Department of Forestry, which sits underneath the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. “Logging activities along the Bago …

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Deforestation has made Rakhine State Myanmar’s most vulnerable state to natural disasters, says minister

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Myitmakha News Agency Minbya, July 19 –  Dr Win Myint Aye, Union Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, has announced that Rakhine State has become Myanmar’s most vulnerable state to natural disasters as a result of deforestation. “Rakhine State has already experienced natural disasters. But, I believe the government’s provision of practical public training, in order to develop the …

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Ayeyarwady water levels rise but deemed of no concern for Pyay

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  Myitmakha News Agency Pyay, July 15 – a rise in the water levels of the Ayeyarwady River, within the west of Bago Region, by approximately three feet over the last four days have seen water start to flood into low lying neighborhoods located in close proximity to the banks of river, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology …

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Calls made for continuation of survey to evaluate impact of Emerald Green Project

  Myitmakha News Agency Naypyidaw, July 12 – Dr Aung Naing, director of the Social Policy and Poverty Research Group (SPPRG), has expressed the importance of continuing to study the Mya Sein Yaung (Emerald Green) Project for the next three to five years in order to be in a position whereby comparisons can be made over the benefits and impacts of the …

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Continuous deluges wreak havoc across Ayeyarwady farmland

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Myitmakha News Agency Pathein, July 7 – an estimated 13,300 acres of farmland, upon which monsoon season paddy was still being planted, has been destroyed in Myaungmya Township, Ayeyarwady Region, after continual rain throughout June put increased pressure on local rivers and streams. A hundred-and-seventy local farmers, whose fields have been destroyed, fear they will not be in a position …

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Legislation aims to protect Myanmar’s water resources

Myitmakha News Agency Yangon, July 1 – legislation concerning the distribution of water sources within Myanmar, as part of a comprehensive water management initiative, will be definitively drawn up before the end of the year, according to the Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management Project (AIRBMP). Work was reportedly undertaken to put such a legislation together back in 2013, but was put …

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