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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A white-bellied heron. Now limited to remote waterways of the eastern Himalaya, the white-bellied Heron is one of the critically endangered species in Myanmar; others include snub-nosed monkeys, black musk deer, pangolin, and the Sumatran rhinoceros. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Conservation Society)

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