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1. Rapid natural resource extraction in Burma done in the name of development is destroying and depleting Burma’s rich natural resources.
2. Burmese people are forced to bear all of the negative impacts and are not benefiting from this so called ‘development.’
3. Most of the resources are being exported for use in ASEAN countries and citizens in ASEAN countries are also forced to bear cross border negative impacts resulting from this unregulated development.
Compared to rest of ASEAN countries still has many rich natural resources. Has some of the regions last remaining untouched ecological treasures and internationally recognized biodiversity hotspots. Endangered species, endemic plants, etc. Suffers from the ‘Resource Curse’
Currently natural resources rapidly being extracted to fuel economic growth in neighboring countries (Thailand, Vietnam, India and China in particular)
Natural resource extraction in Burma is completely unregulated
The Important Role of Irrawaddy & Salween Rivers
Irrawaddy is main useful and longest river in Burma which flow through from the North to south at the central of Burma.
The Salween is the longest undammed river in mainland Southeast Asia and the 26 longest rivers in the world flowing across China, Burma and Thailand.
Millions of people depend on it as their livelihood, cultural, communication, transportation, cultivation, etc..
The delta of Irrawaddy is the main rice production of the country.
As we have seen from these examples and Dam on the Irrawaddy and other places in Burma, rapid natural resource extraction in Burma is destroying Burma’s rich natural resources and Burma’s people and people in ASEAN are forced to bear all of the negative impacts resulting from this unregulated development.