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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.

Written by Chris Dickens With Myanmar opening up and development of its water resources occurring at a fast rate, there is an urgent need to understand the river situation and to ask questions of how best to manage these rivers so that they continue to provide services to a society that appears destined to grow. An issue that is already suggesting that things are not as good as they could be,...

The designation of Lake Indawgyi as a Wetland of International Importance will afford greater protection for more than 20,000 birds and a rich variety of wildlife. The designation of Indawgyi Lake as a Ramsar Site marks the Myanmar government’s commitment to conserve this special area, which supports the livelihood of some 30,000 people and is also home to a great diversity of water birds, fish and reptiles.

"In this episode of Thrive podcast, we head to Northern Myanmar where filmmaker Douglas Varchol reports from the field. Varchol joins a research team from the project on Working together for a better Kachin landscape."

From International Rivers : Update: In a huge success for civil society groups in Burma, China and internationally, the Burmese government on September 30, 2011, decided to suspend the Myitsone Dam until 2015 China Power Investment plans to build a second Three Gorges Project for China – this time in Burma. The Myitsone mega-dam project on the headwaters of the Irrawaddy River will export 90% of its electricity to China.

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