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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  • Addressing challenges of urban local governance in Myanmar

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    Source: Mizzima

    Published: 12 October 2018

  • Crackdown on Illegal Wildlife Trade Focuses on Yangon

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    Source: The Irrawaddy

    Published: 9 October 2018

  • Perspective: In need of waste management plan

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 4 October 2018

  • Yangon Gov’t Abused Its Power by Investing in Controversial New City Project: Lawmaker

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    Source: The Irrawaddy

    Published: 2 October 2018

  • Perspective: Protecting environment is our obligation

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 1 October 2018

  • Myanmar can learn from its neighbours in managing rapid urbanisation

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 1 October 2018

  • World Bank-financed Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Management Project continues

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 30 September 2018

  • New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment

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    Source: The Irrawaddy

    Published: 24 September 2018

  • Yangon evicts 13 dairy farms over odour complaints

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 21 September 2018

  • Press Release: Global Waste to Grow by 70 Percent by 2050 Unless Urgent Action is Taken: World Bank Report

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    Source: The World Bank

    Published: 20 September 2018

  • Myanmar signs $80m-loan agreement with ADB for GMS Corridor Towns Development Project

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 15 September 2018

  • Perspective: Designing Yangon for the future

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 7 September 2018

  • Investors pool resources in industry, hotel and other services sectors in Ygn region

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 7 September 2018

  • Myanmar expects rise of K13.5 billion in construction sector in 2020

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 7 September 2018

  • Construction of an industrial zone in Magway required

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    Source: Myanmar Digital News 

    Published: 29 August 2018

  • 2,000 staff people conduct waste management in Mandalay

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    Source: Myanmar Digital News

    Published: 28 August 2018

  • Korean investments could kick start long-delayed construction of Dala Bridge

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 23 August 2018

  • Signing Memorandum of Cooperation in environment field and joint workshop on waste management

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 22 August 2018

  • Japan to help Myanmar deal with waste

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 22 August 2018

  • Myanmar, Japan to build Aung San National Green Park in Yangon

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 22 August 2018

  • Aung San National Green Park, condo and sports ground project to be implemented in Kyaukkasan sports ground

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 21 August 2018

  • Yangon, Amata Corp discuss details of industrial zone project

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 9 August 2018

  • Work on Yangon Elevated Expressway to Begin Next Year, Says Minister

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    Source: The Irrawaddy

    Published: 30 July 2018

  • Mandalay advises reviewing New Mandalay Resort City tender winners

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 25 July 2018

  • Yangon firm “implements” Bago industrial park without known EIA

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 25 July 2018

  • Yangon generates more wastes this year

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 22 July 2018

  • Downtown Yangon buildings undergo quake inspections

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 19 July 2018

  • Addressing Earthquake Preparedness and Response – Multi-Stakeholder Approach Needed

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    Source: Mizzima

    Published: 19 July 2018

  • Mandalay schoolkids to be taught recycling

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 13 July 2018

  • Opinion: A long way to go on the environment

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 13 July 2018

  • Mon State Resources Ministry Warns Antimony Plants to Control Fumes

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    Source: The Irrawaddy

    Published: 11 July 2018

  • Mandalay makes rural progress a top priority

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 4 July 2018

  • Inya Lake to receive blue heritage plaque

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 14 June 2018

  • Underground water to be used as reserve from 2025

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 12 June 2018

  • Local government bans noisy exhaust pipes in Myeik

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    Source: Myanmar Digital News

    Published: 12 June 2018

  • Child’s death leads to close watch on factory

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 12 June 2018

  • World Environment Day: President U Win Myint highlights policy changes to ensure systematic waste management

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    Source: President Office, Myanmar

    Published: 6 June 2018

  • Environmentalists wage war against plastic trash

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 4 June 2018

  • Garbage dump under observation for heat emissions

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 5 May 2018

  • Mission accomplished Garbage fire, smoke brought completely under control

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 3 May 2018

  • Air quality in dump fire area unhealthy, health officials say

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 2 May 2018

  • Yangon works with China to lay down development plan for new city project

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 2 May 2018

  • Health Ministry continues support of health sector for Hlinethaya garbage fire

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 29 April 2018

  • Effective and speedy dousing of Htein Bin Garbage Dump fire with assistance and suggestions of foreign experts

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 29 April 2018

  • Yangon deep-sea port brings hope in disappearing villages

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    Source: Frontier Myanmar

    Published: 27 April 2018

  • Garbage fire under control, bio-foam to be used to control smoke

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 26 April 2018

  • City to use ‘biofoam’ on Yangon dump fire

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 26 April 2018

  • Two children among the hospitalised, as dump fire smoulders on

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    Source: Frontier Myanmar

    Published: 26 April 2018

  • Yangon focuses on creating growth opportunities, raising living standards

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 26 April 2018

  • Health Dept monitoring air around Yangon dump fire site

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 25 April 2018

  • Residents urged to take precautions against smoke from garbage fire

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 25 April 2018

  • Two-year-performance of Yangon Region Government

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 25 April 2018

  • Investor interest in New Yangon City project rises, more FDI expected

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 24 April 2018

  • Nay Pyi Taw Council turning the city into a livable place without occurring any bad impact on the environment

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 19 April 2018

  • Law drafted to save underground water

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 6 April 2018

  • YCDC Teams With UK-Based Company to Renovate Yangon Sewage System

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    Source: The Irrawaddy

    Published: 4 April 2018

  • Environmental group warns of risk posed by air pollution in Yangon

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 3 April 2018

  • Local, foreign investors invited to participate in Yangon’s new satellite towns project

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    Source: Ministry of Information, Myanmar

    Published: 2 April 2018

  • Yangon’s new city vastly ambitious but govt’s role called into question

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 2 April 2018

  • Region vows to transform Yangon into a green city

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 13 February 2018

  • Draft YCDC Law to drive Yangon growth submitted in Parliament

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 8 February 2018

  • Yangon to take part in upgrading of industrial zones

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 5 February 2018

  • Eco green-city project commences in Hlegu

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 24 December 2017

  • Yangon City Development Law and Committee to be reformed

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    Source: Eleven

    Published: 20 December 2017

  • Yangon City Development Law under fire before enactment

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 19 December 2017

  • Air pollution in Yangon exceeds WHO standard

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 13 December 2017

  • Urban development project commences upon approval

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    Source: Myanmar Times

    Published: 12 December 2017

  • Factories to be inspected for EMP and Wastewater Treatment Plant activity

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    Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

    Published: 7 December 2017

  • ‘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