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Managing resources and mitigating conflict in Myanmar

Sustainable landscapes, sustainable peace? While peace and democracy have made advances in Myanmar over the last decade, Kachin state—home to 20% of the Ayeyarwady River Basin—remains blighted by conflict between the state military forces (the Tatmadaw) and the Kachin Independence Army.

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A ‘resource curse’ is behind the persistent fighting. Kachin is blessed by abundant water, forests and minerals; these treasures are attracting the attention of business interests keen to exploit the lucrative state’s natural bounty, often in partnership with the Tatmadaw. Local people, hardened by years of conflict with the Burmese army, are struggling to keep control of these resources and fighting repeatedly flares.


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