A day on the Yangon River

Source: Frontier Myanmar Date: 29 December 2017 ​Yangon's water bus may not yet be a viable alternative to commuting on the bus or train, but it does make for a pleasant day out. A FEW weeks ago, I left Frontier's office in downtown Yangon at 4.30pm, confident I would arrive for a meeting in Insein ...

Chainsaws imperil an old-growth mangrove stronghold in southern Myanmar

Source: Mongabay Series: Global Forest Reporting Network, Oceans Date: 27 December 2017 Tanintharyi, Myanmar's southern-most state, is home to the country's last remaining old-growth mangrove forest. The trees support village life and a booming fishing industry up and down the coast.But logging...

Kubota to join $92 million project to improve water supply system in Yangon

Source: The Japan Times Date: 25 December 2017 ​YANGON – Farming and construction equipment manufacturer Kubota Corp. has said it will build water supply infrastructure in Myanmar's commercial capital of Yangon together with other Japanese and South Korean partners, to meet growing industrial and ho...

Rare Ayeyarwady dolphin dies

Source: mmtimes Date: 21 December 2017 ​A rare Ayeyarwady dolphin was found dead in Ayeyarwady River near Kyaut Pone village, Katha township, Sagaing Region, on Sunday, said U Kyaw, a local resident who found the carcass of the mammal. "I found it in the river. I saw its stomach had been ripped open...

Yangon City Development Law under fire before enactment

Source: mmtimes Date: 19 December 2017 ​After six months of redrafting and deliberation, Yangon will lay down the latest version of the Yangon City Development Law very soon, Yangon Hluttaw bill committee chair U Thein Myint told The Myanmar Times. The bill, which was drawn up with the help of 31 ex...

Mekong River foreign ministers agree to five-year action plan for cooperation

Source: The Nation  Date: 16 December 2017 ​DALI, CHINA - FOREIGN MINISTERS from six countries that straddle the Mekong River adopted a five-year action plan of cooperation when they met in Dali, southwest China, yesterday. The meeting of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) brought together se...

Container cranes for Myanmar International Thilawa Terminal arrive

Source: The Global New Light Of Myanmar Date: 16 December 2017 A second batch of Machinery for handling containers at Myanmar International Thilawa Terminal (MITT) arrived at the port in southern Yangon yesterday. The five container cranes are manufactured by ZPMC company in China. MITT has been boo...

Northern river terrapin close to extinction in Myanmar

Source: mmtimes Date: 15 December 2017 The northern river terrapin (Batagur baska), which mainly inhabits mangrove forests, are nearly extinct and there are only three of them left in the whole country, a turtle conservationist said. The species, which has a domed carapace that can be either gray or...

Tender for Bridge Project to be Called in December

Source: Myanmar Business Today Date: 13 December, 2017 The Ministry of Construction will call for construction proposals for Yangon-Dala bridge project in the first week of December.  The tender process will be overseen by Yangon Regional Government and the Ministry of Construction. Tender for ...

Yangon Declaration: The Pathway Forward

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) was convened in Yangon on 11-12 December 2017, with the aim of promoting cooperation and partnership, as well as sharing knowledge and experiences to enhance water security in the region towards concrete actions and solutions for sustainable development. ​ Al...

Inya Lake Clean up by 57 Trash Heroes

On 9 December 2017, 57 trash heroes were gathering at Yangon Sailing Club. From 3:00 to 5:00 pm, they cleaned the trashes around the Inya Lake. During this event, they were divided into 2 groups: earth team and aqua team in which they are mainly focused on around Inya Lake and University of Yangon. ...

World Bank-Myanmar to work on national water law

​Source: mmtimes Date: 12 December, 2017 Public consultations on the Myanmar National Water Law will be held soon, said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the opening remarks at the Third Asia Pacific Water Summit in Yangon on Monday. "It is clear that water is the main driver of sustainable d...

Construction of Dawei SEZ back on the cards

Source: mmtimes Date: 06 December 2017 The government is exploring ways to restart development of the suspended Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), saying the SEZ will benefit Myanmar as well as the region. The Dawei SEZ includes construction of the highway as well as a deep-sea port which will link ...

VP U Henry Van Thio inspects airport, office construction sites and preparations for Asia-Pacific Water Forum

Source: The Global New Light Of Myanmar, December 2, 2017 Vice President U Henry Van Thio yesterday visited the sites on which Hanthawaddy International Airport and the National Water Resources Committee office building will be constructed and inspected preparation to hold the Asia-Pacific Water For...

Myanmar: Embankment of Zarmani dam burts, flooding 30 squatter houses

Source: Asia News, 29th November 2017 NAYPYITAW (Eleven Media Group/ ANN) - About 30 squatter houses were flooded when the embankment preventing sewage entering Zarmani dam in Thanlyin Township broke down yesterday morning, according to Irrigation Department from Southern District. "It isn't the dam...

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