An elephant moves a log in the Bago Mountains in central Myanmar. Pic: Douglas LongLEADERS of prominent environmental groups say they expect to receive increased support under the new government.

U Maung Maung Thein Pe, vice chairman of the Rakhine Coastal and Environmental Conservation Association (RCA), said a major issue was that the National Commission for Environmental Affairs (NCEA), the government’s top environmental issues body, remains severely underfunded.

“The NCEA has many environmental rules and regulations but often they cannot be enforced. There are many reasons for this and one of them is funding,” he said.

Read more: Action urged on environmental law


New Delhi (Mizzima) – The monsoon season is here and Burma could experience storms along the coast and the interior of the country in the coming days.

Storms are likely to be formed in the Bay of Bengal and hit southern coasts from May 10 to 20, according to Meteorology and Hydrology Department director general Chit Kyaw.


Read more: Storms likely to hit Burmese coastal area in next 10 days


DEFORESTATION and climate change have intensified the threat of malaria, bringing malaria-carrying mosquitoes closer to cities and into other previously malaria-free areas.

Dr Chit Soe, a project adviser to the Quality Diagnosis and Standard Treatment of Malaria (QDSTM), said research showed changes to the environment had affected patterns of infection.

“The consequences of climate change directly affect animals and insects, including the behaviour and population density of [malaria-carrying] mosquitoes,” said Dr Chit Soe.

Read more: Climate change complicating malaria fight


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