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Mar21

Dawei left high and dry by mining firms

Over a decade ago, the Myaung Pyo creek in Burma’s Tenasserim Division was clean and crystal clear — a steady, trickling life source. The creek, running alongside a stretch of lush farmland, was relied on by villagers for various daily tasks such as watering crops.

Today the waterway is barely recognisable — its murky, shallow water is awash in sediment. Nearby plantations, mainly for producing betel palms, also look like they are wilting......Read more

 
Mar20

Karen IDPs ask KNU leadership to reject hydropower dams

As the Karen National Union prepares to elect a new leadership body this week, displaced Karen families joined a local environmental group in lobbying for the next chairperson to reject hydropower proposals.

On March 14, International Day of Action for Rivers, Karen Rivers Watch held a demonstration on the bank of the Salween. Members of the Ee Tu Htat and Uweklo internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps attended the event, which was held near Uweklo village.....Read more

 
Mar15

Burmese environmentalists urge govt to halt dams on Irrawaddy, Salween rivers

A number of Burmese environmental organizations, including Burma Rivers Network, Save the Salween Network and The Burma Environmental Working Group (BEWG), released a statement today urging the National League for Democracy-led government to abandon plans to build more than 50 dams on the Salween and Irrawaddy rivers, particularly in conflict zones.

“Under Burma’s Energy Master Plan, over 50 planned dams, mostly on the Salween and Irrawaddy rivers and their tributaries, will massively increase hydropower production from 3,000 to 46,000 megawatts by 2030,” reads the statement. “Three-quarters of which will be exported to neighbouring countries.”.....Read more

 
Mar14

International Day of Action for Rivers: Statement by Burma Rivers Network (BRN), Save the Salween Network (SSN) and the Burma Environment Working Group (BEWG)

International Day of Action for Rivers: Statement by Burma Rivers Network (BRN), Save the Salween Network (SSN) and the Burma Environment Working Group (BEWG)
Countrywide gatherings on International Rivers Day to oppose large dams in Burma’s conflict zones

Today, on the International Day of Action for Rivers, communities around the country are gathering to oppose plans by the Burmese government and global hydropower industry to build cascades of large dams on Burma’s major rivers, mostly in ethnic conflict zones..... Read more

 

 
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Our Customary Lands Documentary

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Mother Land (part 1)

Mother Land (part 2 )

Jetsu Garden and Generals Village

Land Grabbing in Mingaladon.