Urban Environment

The economic and population growth in Union of Myanmar provokes concerns of a deteriorating urban environment.

The economic capital Yangon, has a population of 4.259 million people in 2009, and is growing by 2.2 % per year. The population of Mandalay, the second largest urban center, has 1.009 million in 2009. Administrative Capital Nay Pyi Taw in 2009 has a population of 992,000. Current development trends have spurred the urbanization process due to expanded industry and tourism sectors in the urban centers, combined with rural to urban migration caused by poverty in the rural areas.

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  • ‘Thirty-one Yangon heritage buildings need renovation’: Bansal

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    Source: Mizzima

    Published: 17 November 2017

  • Plan aims to make public buildings in Yangon quake-resistant

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 4 November 2017

  • Govt to inform parliament of start of Yangon new town plan

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 2 November 2017

  • Myanmar’s northern powerhouse on the horizon

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 30 October 2017

  • Rubbish heap polluting river, Yangon mayor says

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 27 October 2017

  • Yangon hospital is now a heritage building

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 26 October 2017

  • Yangon General Hospital receives YHT Commemorative Blue Plaque

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 25 October 2017

  • Yangon factories told to treat water or else

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 23 October 2017

  • YCDC to withhold licenses of factories violating waste rules

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 20 October 2017

  • Italy funds effort to help protect Yangon heritage

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 16 October 2017

  • Yangon’s rubbish totals 2,500 tonnes a day

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 16 October 2017

  • Very few factories treat wastewater: official

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 16 October 2017

  • 90% of factories lack sewage treatment: official

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 13 October 2017

  • Yangon water bus biodiesel plan to support farmers

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    Source: Mizzima

    Published: 7 October 2017

  • Urban planning for towns with population of over 50,000

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 7 October 2017

  • Distilleries under fire over water pollution

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    Source: Frontier Myanmar

    Published: 4 October 2017

  • Yangon gets southwest development plan

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 30 September 2017

  • Mon State Govt to Protect Heritage Buildings in Mawlamyine

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    Source: The Irrawaddy

    Published: 28 September 2017

  • Cocokyun, industrial zones in Yangon’s spotlight

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 27 September 2017

  • Yangon Govt to Accommodate Squatters by 2020

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    Source: The Irrawaddy

    Published: 25 September 2017

  • Foul smell from liquor factories prompts protest

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 21 September 2017

  • Japan helps draft master plan for development of Tanintharyi region

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 12 September 2017

  • YCDC budgets $77 million for Yangon flooding

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 4 September 2017

  • WB disaster loan insufficient: mayor

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 1 September 2017

  • Opinion: How to fix Yangon's mobility crisis

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    Source: Frontier Myanmar

    Published: 4 August 2017

  • Yangon and Its Urban Fringe

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 27 July 2017

  • World Bank pumps in $100m to halt floods in Yangon

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 24 July 2017

  • Yangon New City project to be remodelled with tower blocks included

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 12 July 2017

  • Thirty development projects in pipeline in Mandalay through fiscal 2020-21

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 11 July 2017

  • Bidding for waste-to-energy plant soon

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 30 June 2017

  • Yangon Region government’s efforts to prevent floods

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 22 June 2017

  • Lagunpyin Project to supply 40 million gallons of water to eastern district

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 20 June 2017

  • Sustainable Development of Yangon City Requires a Holistic Vision

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    Source: Mizzima

    Published: 20 June 2017

  • Mayor says Yangon lacks funds for flood works, awaits $125m loan

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 6 June 2017

  • Opinion: It is time for YCDC to make good on its pledges

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 6 June 2017

  • YCDC to reduce groundwater pumping

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 23 May 2017

  • NPT urban project to take off next year

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 5 May 2017

  • Construction sector going green

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 1 May 2017

  • Redrafting of Municipal Law underway

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    Source: Mizzima

    PublishedL 23 April 2017

  • First waste-to-energy plant opens

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 8 April 2017

  • Yangon pilot project slashes water losses, says Manila company

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    Source: Frontier Myanmar

    Published: 7 April 2017

  • Yangon-to-Bago master plan to be prepared

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 7 April 2017

  • Revised environmental policy to be released

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 6 April 2017

  • Mandalay’s ancient buildings to be preserved

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 5 April 2017

  • Ks 8bn earmarked for flood prevention in Yangon

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 3 April 2017

  • The Secretariat proposed to serve as a museum

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 17 March 2017

  • Technology an indispensable force for Yangon’s urbanisation

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 16 March 2017

  • Myanmar joins global drive to raise climate awareness

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 16 March 2017

  • Amarapura Project EMP report to be ready March end

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 14 March 2017

  • Yangon air pollution to be measured

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 14 March 2017

  • YCDC to measure pollution levels in distilleries

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 13 March 2017

  • Mandalay development policy draft completed

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 9 March 2017

  • 15 more blue plaques to be installed in Yangon this year

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 7 March 2017

  • Development and conservation of colonial-era buildings in Yangon discussed

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 6 March 2017

  • Affairs: Thant Myint-U: 'Everything is interlinked'

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    Source: Frontier Myanmar

    Published: 6 March 2017

  • Yangon distilleries blamed for pollution

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 4 March 2017

  • Old St Paul’s High School gets heritage blue plaque

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 3 March 2017

  • ADB to Support Yangon Region Through PPP Promotion

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    Source: ADB 

    Published: 3 March 2017

  • Budget Ks 32 billion targeted on Ygn outskirts’ development projects

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 2 March 2017

  • Factories ordered to install air-testing devices

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 2 March 2017

  • Mandalay to fulfill clean water demand by 2020

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 1 March 2017

  • Yangon government to draft master plan for wards, villages

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 27 February 2017

  • Yangon Myothit project to start on the other side of Kyimyindine by February

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 23 February 2017

  • Mooted Yangon expansion plans revived

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 23 February 2017

  • WWF to invest in Myanmar’s Waste Disposal System

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 15 February 2017

  • Article: Keeping Yangon City clean, beautiful and pleasant

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 15 February 2017

  • Easing Yangon’s traffic woes: by road and waterways

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 8 February 2017

  • Plastic factory operations and protests halt due to delayed environmental assessment

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 31 January 2017

  • JICA updates 2040 plan for Yangon development

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 4 January 2017

  • SEZs, sea port, airport to be established in southern Yangon

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 28 December 2016

  • Masterplan for Dala, Twantay, Kungyangon townships to be submitted to parliament

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 28 December 2016

  • Amarapura urban development project presentation held in Mandalay

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 23 December 2016

  • Earthquake Monitoring Committee to be formed in Yangon

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 21 December 2016

  • Yangon City Development Committee plans waste-to-energy facility in Thakayta Township in Yangon region

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 19 December 2016

  • Over US$3.1billion of FDI put into Myanmar’s real estate sector

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 15 December 2016

  • MPs to crack down on brewers’ waste disposal

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 7 December 2016

  • Yangon master plan to be finalised this month

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 6 December 2016

  • Modern urban development project to be announced this month: YCDC

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 6 December 2016

  • Yangon MPs approve pollution proposal

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 3 December 2016

  • Myanmar to draft national environmental policy: President U Htin Kyaw

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    Source: President Office, Myanmar

    Published: 30 November 2016

  • နိုင်ငံတော်သမ္မတ ဦးထင်ကျော် ပဉ္စမအကြိမ် အစိမ်းရောင်စီးပွားရေး အစိမ်းရောင် ဖွံ့ဖြိုးတိုးတက်မှု ဖိုရမ်ဖွင့်ပွဲ အခမ်းအနားသို့ တက်ရောက် မိန့်ခွန်းပြောကြား

    သတင်းအပြည့်အစုံကို ဤနေရာတွင် ဖတ်ရှုပါ

    သတင်းရင်းမြစ်။   ။ နိုင်ငံတော်သမ္မတရုံး

    ထုတ်ဝေသည့်နေ့။   ။ နို၀င်ဘာလ ၃၀ ရက်၊ ၂၀၁၆။

  • MPs want alcohol distilleries monitored

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 30 November 2016

  • Myanmar's Yangon city to expand southwest

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    Source: Global Times/ Xinhua

    Published: 7 November 2016

  • Air pollution a ‘leading danger’ to child health

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 3 November 2016

  • Urban Development Plan 2040 for three main cities nearing

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 2 November 2016

  • Three Mandalay projects delayed pending review

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 1 November 2016

  • Environmentalists to test groundwater in Yangon

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 1 November 2016

  • Yangon to register ancient heritage sites

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 31 October 2016

  • MCDC submits its project to install water facilities to prevent floods

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 26 October 2016

  • YCDC to release rules for high-rises

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 24 October 2016

  • Factories soil water sources: research

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 21 October 2016

  • YHT calls for more public space at Yangon railway site

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 20 October 2016


  • Yangon city expansion raises a quake challenge

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    Source: Mizzima

    Published: 17 October 2016

  • FREDA plans Yangon tree project

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 14 October 2016

  • Italy steps in with a sustainable development project for Mandalay

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    Source: Mizzima

    Published: 8 October 2016

  • Myanmar’s air pollution among the worst in the world: WHO

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 30 September 2016

  • YHT publishes new plan to rejuvenate Yangon

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 28 September 2016