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MYANMAR'S FORESTS AT RISK AS NATION OPENS

11/19/2012

As Western governments lift sanctions on an increasingly open and democratic Myanmar, the influx of foreign capital and the development it brings will threaten the nation's natural resources, experts warn. Home to the world's largest tiger preserve and impressive biodiversity, the nation's brutal human rights record brought sanctions that protected remote areas by preventing development. This protection is now threatened, as China and Japan make plans to open transportation corridors through Myanmar's jungles. Though the country has already taken steps to protect its environment, environmentalists worry new foreign development projects will exploit an underfunded environment sector. For the full story, see http://e360.yale.edu/feature/as_myanmar_opens_to_world_fate_of_its_forests_is_on_the_line/2592/.