Land News

350 Myanmar farmers facing court over land grabs

Date: 23 February 2017

Source: Gulf Times

Some 350 farmers from Myanmar's Mandalay region are facing court cases related to land-grabbing, most of them brought since Aung San Suu Kyi's government took power a year ago, lawyers and activists said Thursday.

Anger among the rural poor over rampant seizures of land under the former military government that ran the country for half a century was a key factor that helped propel Suu Kyi's NLD party to power.

Honduras ‘deadliest country’ to defend environmental rights

Date: 23 February 2017

Source: The Irish Times

Honduras is the deadliest country on Earth to be a defender of environmental rights with conflict over mining, hydropower and agribusiness leading to the deaths of many people from indigenous groups and rural communities, the Global Witness charity has said.

FEATURE-Illegal settlers threaten Zimbabwe's timber industry

By: Andrew Mambondiyani

Date: 21 February 2017

Source: Reuters

From the mountaintop at Skyline in the Chimanimani district of eastern Zimbabwe, a mosaic of scorched trees and timber can be seen stretching for miles on end.

Lit by a wave of illegal settlers, the fires regularly rage through the pine and eucalyptus plantations of Manicaland province, destroying vast swathes of timber at enormous cost.

Darlington Duwa, CEO of the Timber Producers Federation

Chamber of Mines Calls For Collaboration To Fight Illegal Miners

Date: 19 February 2017

Source:News Ghana

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr John Peter Amewu has reiterated government’s commitment to address holistically the menace of illegal mining.

Speaking during a courtesy call on him by members of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr Amewu called for collaboration with the Chamber to take the fight to the illegal miners.

Government Ditches Hydropower Dam for More Coal Power


Date: 20 February 2017

Source: The Cambodia Daily

The government has indefinitely put off plans for a hydropower dam in Koh Kong province’s Areng valley in favor of expanding an existing coal-fired power plant, though conservationists worry that a planned transmission line through the ecologically sensitive valley could still inflict heavy damage.