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    Biodiversity and conservation of rhododendrons in Arunachal Pradesh in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot. Various in situ as well as ex situ measures like establishment of arboretums, sanctuaries, parks and reserve forests, protected areas through community management, botanical gardens and in vitro research procedures are prescribed to conserve this species for posterity.



    China plans to dam the Nu (Salween) River, eight years after Premier Wen Jiabao suspended the plans amid environmental concerns. Government effort to promote hydroelectricity as a cleaner alternative in spite of coal.



    In fact, China has recently revealed its plans to build dams on both Brahmaputra and Salween rivers. Here is an opinion by Brahma Chellaney in the New York Times on the issue.



    First ever video footage of newly discovered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey released by Fauna and Flora International (FFI) in Kachin state, Myanmar. It is a critically endangered species in IUCN Red List.



    IUCN is in the process of awarding or has awarded approximately 70 grants to both international NGOs and local groups in the Indo-Burma hotspot, one of the three global biodiversity hotspots that form parts of the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape.



    Illegal trade on the China-Myanmar border. Although outside of the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape, this photo essay in the Guardian highlights an important issue for the two countries to collaborate on



    Myanmar snub-nosed monkey, initially found in Myanmar and Critically Endangered, is being scientifically studied in the Gaoligong Mountains, Yunnan after it was also found in China



    Poaching and illegal trade of Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) are the major drivers of diminution leading to extinction of it. Present poaching hotspots in India are Western Ghats, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. There is a clear evidence of increase in poaching of elephants in last few years.



    61 signatory groups of CSO’s, political parties and religious groups of Kachin state urged to halt resource extraction in Northern Myanmar. Proposed for empowering ultimate management authority on natural resource extraction, taxation and revenue-sharing.



    Trafficking the Asian Otters for skins in China and India.

    07/09/2016 Enticing Birds of Arunachal Pradesh
    26/05/2017 Gaoligong Mountains: Yunnan’s largest nature reserve

    Protection in action


    India’s offered for collaboration with the Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve, Myanmar to save big cat in the world’s largest tiger reserve.



    Conservation of the Critically Endangered, giant tree rhododendron on Gaoligong Mountain, Yunnan, China. Specimens from the herbarium of the Kunming Institute of Botany, CAS suggest for further surveys in northern part of it and Motuo in Tibet for more clarification.



    A new protected area has been proposed to protect the recently discovered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey. Here is the official word from the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.



    Are we focusing too much inside protected areas for conservation of endangered species? The answer may lie outside. “Look beyond the protected areas in hornbill conservation” after a state-wide survey in Arunachal Pradesh being conducted.



    Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary bordering China might be the third tiger reserve after survey being conducted by WII, India to confirm tiger presence. 10 pugmarks and 11 scats collected in the sanctuary.



    Wildlife Conservation Society, Myanmar and Turtle Survival Alliance efforts to repopulate the wild riverbanks of Myanmar in collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry.



    Nepal-China border targeted for combatting cross-border illegal trade of wild animals and forest products





    Pangolin’s receive the strictest international protection


    26/05/2017 Gaoligong Mountains: Villagers found association to protect biodiversity
    19/05/2017 Belt and Road Environmental Cross-border Scheme Initiated


    Beyond Conserving Nature




    With the recent efforts in conflict resolution, Christian Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, blogs on how natural resources can play the key role in bringing stability in the Myanmar



    Myanmar's Northern Forest Complex has been submitted to UNESCO for the World Heritage listing

    24/11/2016 Kachin national park in bid for UNESCO World Heritage status target="_blank">

    Integrated development


    A recent IIED report on community forest enterprises in Myanmar includes Kachin State as one of the study regions, which makes up a large part of the Brahmaputra-Salween Landscape



    WWF India partners with Tata Housing for conservation of snow leopards found across northeastern states of India including Arunachal Pradesh. The partnership addresses the snow leopard-human conflicts, building leopard proof structures for livestock.



    Solar energy equipment’s distributed by the Wildlife Trust of India to address the power problems in area and wildlife conservation in Arunachal Pradesh. The trust hopes it will have a positive impact on Hoolock gibbons and Asiatic black bear conservation work.



    Dream of trans-boundary Chinese-Myanmar cooperation could become true, if Myanmar follows suit saving_the_Salween_southeast_asias_last_major_ undammed_river.html



    China-Myanmar established Biodiversity Research Institute in Nay Pyi Taw t20161013_168593.shtml



    Opportunity for community-based bird-watching ecotourism in Arunachal





    A new species of Rhododendron in the eastern Gaoligong Mountains has been recognized after morphological and DNA examinations, and it's endemic to Yunnan, China



    Discovery of a new Himalayan forest frog clade in China, Myanmar and Thailand



    Kunming Institute of Botany records new distribution of two bamboo species in Yunnan, China with description of inflorescence for Melocalamus yunnanensis


    Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) confirmed largest piece of jade ever unearthed in Myanmar at Kachin State


    06/01/2017 Illegal pangolin trade in northernmost Myanmar
    24/01/2017 Discovery of new catfish in Hponkanrazi Wildlife Sanctuary, Myanmar
    24/01/2017 Discovery of new catfish in Hponkanrazi Wildlife Sanctuary, Myanmar
    24/01/2017 Discovery of impressed tortoise
    23/02/2017 Decline of waterbirds in Irrawaddy river
    12/03/2017 Mysterious Cat caught on camera trap video in Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve, China
    13/06/2017 Updated details of Namdapha National Park

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