New BEWG report to highlight environmental crisis in post-election Burma
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Chiang Mai, 20 July 2011 (Download Press Conference Advsiory as PDF)

On Monday 25 July 2011, the Burma Environment Working Group (BEWG) will hold a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand to launch a new 100-page report detailing an environmental crisis of serious proportions in post-election Burma. The publication, entitled Burma's Environment: People, Problems, Policies, will be the first ever to take aim at Burma's environment as a whole. It focuses on laws, policies, and frameworks with regard to the environment in Burma, as well as development threats connected to the environment. The speakers will pay attention to the links between the natural environment, foreign investment and armed conflict in Burma's ethnic areas. Key recommendations and suggested reforms will be discussed.

Speakers at the press conference will be Paul Sein Twa, convener of the BEWG and documenter of environmental issues in Burma for over 15 years. Ms. Pianporn Deetes is the coordinator of Living River Siam and has been working on transboundary environmental issues in mainland Southeast Asia for over seven years. Naw La is the coordinator for dam advocacy at the Kachin Development Network Group and has worked directly on Myitsone dam research and advocacy for many years.

For any inquiries or interviews before or after the press conference or for more information, please feel free to contact Paul Sein Twa, Wong Aung or Sai Sai using the details below.

Contact:
Paul Sein Twa Email: pseintwa@yahoo.com, Phone +66 (0) 817 247 093 (English)
Wong Aung Email: wongaung@gmail.com, Phone +66(0) 857 133 344 (Burmese)
Sai Sai Email: saisaiy2k@hotmail.com, Phone +66(0) 897 557 354 (Thai)

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