As Myanmar Opens to World, Fate of Its Forests Is on the Line

Years of sanctions against Myanmar’s repressive regime helped protect its extensive wild lands. But as the country’s military rulers relax their grip and welcome foreign investment, a key question has emerged: Can the nation can protect its forests and biodiversity while embracing development? READ MORE

 

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The Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in northern Myanmar is an 8,500-square-mile tract of largely pristine forest. It is part of the Northern Forest Complex, which has remained largely undeveloped under Myanmar’s isolated regime. Now, as the country’s military leaders open Myanmar to foreign investors, conservationists are concerned that large-scale logging and other resource extraction could threaten the nation's woodlands. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Conservation Society)

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