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Jerdon’s babbler had not been spotted in Myanmar since July 1941, when it was seen in grasslands close to the Sittaung River near Myitkyo in Bago Region. Photo: WCS
Jerdon’s babbler had not been spotted in Myanmar since July 1941, when it was seen in grasslands close to the Sittaung River near Myitkyo in Bago Region. Photo: WCS

Scientists have found the Myanmar Jerdon’s babbler - long thought to be extinct – alive and well during a recent expedition, according to a press release from the Wildlife Conservation Society on March 5.

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Myanmar is at risk from climate change, according to a worldwide survey just released. A farming family walk across dry, cracked earth in Myanmar. Photo: Tun Aung
Myanmar is at risk from climate change, according to a worldwide survey just released. A farming family walk across dry, cracked earth in Myanmar. Photo: Tun Aung

Myanmar is on the list of the 25 countries worldwide that could be most affected by climate change, according to the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index 2015 just released.

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A Purple Swamphen bird flies over the water at Moeyungyee wetland wildlife sanctuary, Bago Division, Myanmar, January 14, 2014. Every year, Moeyungyee wetland wildlife sanctuary sees thousands of migratory birds come to Moeyungyee as part of a network of wetlands located along the East Asian Australian Flyway. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
A Purple Swamphen bird flies over the water at Moeyungyee wetland wildlife sanctuary, Bago Division, Myanmar, January 14, 2014. Every year, Moeyungyee wetland wildlife sanctuary sees thousands of migratory birds come to Moeyungyee as part of a network of wetlands located along the East Asian Australian Flyway. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

A far-reaching survey of bird species in Myanmar has led to the discovery of 20 new bird species, according to an Associated Press report January 29.

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Media reports say 100 foreigners and 20 Myanmar nationals have been arrested at the beginning of January in connection with illegal logging in Kachin State. Aerial view of logging trucks in Kachin State in January 2015. Photo: Ministry of Defence
 Media reports say 100 foreigners and 20 Myanmar nationals have been arrested at the beginning of January in connection with illegal logging in Kachin State. Aerial view of logging trucks in Kachin State in January 2015. Photo: Ministry of Defence

More than 100 foreigners and 20 Myanmar nationals have been arrested for illegal logging in an area of Kachin State near the border with China, media reports said on January 6.

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The European Union and Myanmar’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry recently held discussions about how Myanmar can encourage sustainable management of the country's forests and eliminate the illegal timber trade.

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An environmental think-tank based in Nepal is to work with the government to develop an ecotourism policy and management strategy for protected areas in Myanmar, the organisation said.

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