Can Chin State’s farmers move away from shifting cultivation and embrace sedentary agriculture in time to save the western region’s forests?
The iconic lake is suffering from degradation, mostly caused by deforestation and the constant daily pounding of thousands of visitors.
As the NLD government steps up efforts to protect Burma’s forests, officers in the Pegu mountain range face off with increasingly violent loggers.
Police in Sagaing Division say there has been a noticeable increase in illegal logging activities since a one-year ban went into effect on 1 June.
Burma’s largest producer of timber has declared a nationwide, one-year moratorium on logging, according to a spokesperson for the state-owned enterprise.
The move comes two years after an earlier effort to slow deforestation by banning the export of raw timber.