13 STORIES TAGGED ‘ENVIRONMENT’

Activists Warn Karen State Villagers Against Coal

August 9, 2017  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

A new network of activists and civil society groups has been warning Karen State residents of the dangers of coal through environmental awareness trainings held from July 20 to August 5. The Karen State government greenlit a 1280-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Hpa-An tow... Read more ►

The Salween Peace Park: A radical, grassroots alternative to development in Karen State

January 17, 2017  •  Author: Hsa Moo

A path has opened for environmental conservationists and rights advocates to strengthen their fight against gold mining and other socially and environmentally destructive projects in the rich forests of Karen State in eastern Myanmar: the Salween Peace Park. The 5,200-sq-km ... Read more ►

Karen Villagers Pray for Mountain’s Protection, Health and Environment as 5,000-Tons Cement Plant Proposal is Revived by Militia Leader and Chinese Investors

March 29, 2016  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

Mi Kayin villagers in Hpa-an Township held a prayer service for the protection of their land and natural resources threatened by the proposed cement plant on March 29, 2016. The villagers gathered at the base of Mi Kayin Mountain for the public prayer service after a recentl... Read more ►

The KNU’s Forestry Department Helps Karen Communities Go Green on World Environment Day

February 25, 2016  •  Author: Saw Khar Su Nyar

In a move to raise awareness about environmental issues, the Karen National Union’s Forestry department launched a project to encourage communities living in areas under its control to grow more tress. The KNU’s Forestry Department’s ‘greening project’ wants each h... Read more ►

Indigenous Karen People Celebrate World Environment Day

June 10, 2014  •  Author: Hsar Doe Doh Moo

On June 5, 2014, the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) organised an event commemorating the World Environment Day in one of the indigenous Karen areas on the Salween River in Mutraw District (Papun) in Burma. A total of 200 people, including students, you... Read more ►

Grave Concerns for Disappeared Ethnic Karen Activist

April 25, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Human rights organisations are expressing grave concerns over the fate of a prominent ethnic Karen activist who disappeared after reportedly being arrested on April 17 at Kaengkrachan National Park in Petchaburi province by Thai authorities. The New York based Human Rights W... Read more ►

Myaung Byo Villagers Take Mining Company to Court

March 21, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Villagers from Myaung Byo, located in Dawei District, have filed a court case over damages allegedly caused by the Heinda mining project operated by Myanmar Pongpipat Company Ltd. “It has had many negative social and economic impacts on our community,” Myaung Byo’s vil... Read more ►

Mae Sot: Border Pollution ‘Worst Yet’

March 13, 2014  •  Author: Karen News

Thick haze has blanketed the Thai-Burma border district of Mae Sot with local residents claiming it is the worst in living memory. Thick smoke made highways dangerous, caused airline flights in and out of Mae Sot to be cancelled forcing visitors into taking lengthy bus trip... Read more ►

Water Tests Prove Village Water Has High Levels Of Arsenic and Lead

December 23, 2013  •  Author: Karen News

Environmental researchers have found village water sources close to a tin mining operation in Southern Burma have dangerous levels of lead and arsenic. Independent community-based researchers from Kamoethway, east of Dawei Town, working with an environmentalist expert from ... Read more ►

Photo Exhibition: Latpaudang Copper Mine – a ‘Resources Curse’

February 23, 2013  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Yesterday, a photo exhibition, ‘Resources Curse’ opened in Bahan Township, Rangoon. The exhibition, organized by the Green Heart Environment Network, draws attention to the contentious Latpaudang Copper Mining Project. U Soe Win Nyein, a graphic artist and an organizer o... Read more ►

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