Myanmar

Mekong nations to set up EIA working group

Date of Release: 
May 14 2015

In the statement released today, the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group for EIA brings together governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), and will expand to cover private sector and EIA experts to improve regional cooperation for effective EIA policy and practices. The group aims to reduce the social and environmental impacts of regional infrastructure projects, particularly as the upcoming Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) Economic Community further hastens trans-boundary investments.

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Mekong Governments, Civil Society Reach Agreement on Environmental Impact Assessment Agenda

Date of Release: 
May 14 2015

HANOI, May 14, 2015 – In a ground-breaking agreement, government officials and civil society representatives from across the Mekong region established a working group to develop a regional public participation guideline for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) this week in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) EIA: Organisational, Program and Field Activities

Published Date: 
01/2012

The Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) provides fuel for cooking, food and shelter material to over 140,000 refugees in nine Burmese refugee camps in Thailand. A rapid environmental impact assessment (EIA) of TBBC’s program and activities was conducted by an external consultant in response to a request by one its donor agencies, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). The assessment was carried out in line with Sida’s Guidelines for the Review of EIA - Humanitarian Assistance.

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The Environmental Conservation Law

The Environmental Conservation Law
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law No. 9 / 2012
The 8th Waxing Day of Tagu, 1373 M. E.
(30th March, 2012)

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EIA: Myanmar (DRAFT)

Country: 
Myanmar
Year enacted: 
2012
Number of pages: 
9
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Note: This is a draft.

In exercise of the powers conferred by Section ??, Subsection (?) of the Myanmar Environmental Conservation Law and with the approval of the Government, the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry hereby makes the following Rules:-

CHAPTER I
Title and Definitions

1. These Rules shall be called the Environmental Impact Assessment Rules.
2. The expressions contained in these Rules shall have the same meanings as defined in Section (?) of the Myanmar Environmental Conservation Law. In addition thereto the following expressions have the meanings given hereunder:-
(a) Law means the Myanmar Environmental Conservation Law 2012 and any subsequent amendments;
(b) Environment shall have the same meaning as defined in Section (?) of the Law;
(c) Environmental Impacts means the probable effects or consequences of proposed projects or businesses or activities or undertakings on the physical, biological and socioeconomic environment that can be direct or indirect, cumulative and positive or negative;
(d) Environmental Impact Assessment means the process of studying the significant impact of a proposed project or business or activity on the physical, biological and socioeconomic environment, which is required as part of the decision making process;
(e) Initial Environmental Examination means a preliminary examination of the possible impacts of a proposed project or business or activity with a view to determining whether such impacts are significant and, as such, require the preparation of an environmental impact assessment report and any other documents as may be prescribed;
(f) Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan means a document which describes the measures to be taken for preventing, mitigating and monitoring significant environmental impacts resulting from the implementation and operation of a proposed project or business or activity;
(g) National Committee means the Myanmar National Environmental Conservation Committee as established by Section ? of the Law;
(h) Project means any activity or combination of activities including actions or undertakings, regardless of magnitude, which may have a significant impact on the environment;
(i) Project Proponent means an individual, company, or organization proposing to initiate a project;
(j) Screening means an initial assessment undertaken to determine whether or not an Initial Environmental Examination and/or an Environmental Impact Assessment, or any other form of reporting are required; and
(k) Scoping means the stage in the environmental impact assessment process where information and assessment requirements are established to provide the project proponent with the scope and terms of reference for the Environmental Impact Assessment.

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Myanmar: EIA for Dawei project out next year

Date of Release: 
Dec 1 2012

"Right now the draft and field surveys are complete," said Tin Maung Swe, chairwoman of the supporting team for the development of the zone. "The environmental management plan is under way and the EIA is being finalised.

"Two public hearings will be held and they can all be completed in January or February."

Zaw Aung, a researcher at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, said an EIA would show a project's positive and negative impacts on the environment before construction begins.

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Burmese Environmentalists Slam Proposed Economic Zone

Date of Release: 
Nov 20 2012

Myanmar (also known as Burma) is basking in the glory of Barack Obama's visit this week — the first by a sitting American president to a nation that had until recently had been considered a repressive pariah state.

Burma, a resource-rich nation in Southeast Asia, has captured the world's attention in recent months as its military-backed government rolls out unprecedented political and economic reforms.

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Myanmar: Group calls for review of pipelines

Date of Release: 
Oct 15 2012

Mandalay-based environmental group Seinyaungso has called on the government to halt an oil and gas pipeline project in the interests of the country.

The pipelines, which will run from Kyaukpyu in Rakhine State to Yunnan Province in China, are joint projects between China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE). However, Seinyaungso said ownership and management of the piplines was out of Myanmar’s control. Companies from South Korea and India are also investors in the natural gas pipeline.

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