Coal-fired power plants in Myanmar

Abundance of Pharlain Natural Resources and Communities
Pharlain Study by its community

Final report launch date: March 9, 2016

Pharlain Study on " Abundance of Parlain Natural Resources and Communities" intends to draw out the importance of Parlain ecosystems and natural resources and uses the results to facilitate the community to understand what exist in Parlain and their relationship with the environment, as well as to help them visualize possible impacts of the proposed coal-fired power plant on the environment and their community. The study looks at the socioeconomic values top three sources of incomes—betel nuts, rice, and fishery. Additional data on other type of fruits and income are also mentioned to calculate their contributions to local economy.

Research duration: 12 months, from December 2014-December 2015

Pharlain study is conducted completely by the communities of Parlain with supports from TERRA and HURFOM. These two organizations continue to monitor the study’s progress, provide technical supports in the field as well as in the analysis part throughout the study period.

The research team would also like to thank Mr. Tara Buakamsri, Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s Country Director for Thailand, who provides knowledge on coal-fired power plants and their impacts; Ms. Somporn Pengkam who helps designing the community data collection and continually gives guidance to Andin representatives since the Workshop on Natural Resource Management Research; Dr. Cherry Aung from Department of Marine Science, Pathein University who supports the team with scientific data on mangrove ecosystems, and species in the mangrove forest and other aquatic ecosystems; and Dr. Sann Myint for assisting in translations.

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Eco-forum - Pharlain: Unseen in Mon Land // พะลึน มหัศจรรย์เมืองมอญ 

Join us on a journey to Pharlain where nature flourishes and communities prosper. Hear from local community what the environment means to them, their economy and culture after a yearlong community-led action research by 7 villages of Pharlain, Ye Township, Mon State, Myanmar. Read more



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Map of Pharlain's Abundant Natural Resources and Communities

Map of Pharlain's Potential Threat


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28 September 2016 | Eleven Myanmar   Mon residents protest against coal-fired power plant project on May 5, 2015. (Photo-Bo Bo Myint)  
23 August 2016 | Montree Chantawong Even though it’s been raining for nearly 10 days, every creek from Pharlain Mountain remains crispy clear. Not a single creek appears turbid red. No flash flood from high up. The water is as clear as a mirror.
On August 8, 2016, Than Lwin Times reported Ye Township's Environment Department and Forestry Department working with ‪‎Pharlain‬ community to initiate a mangrove reforestation program in at the mangrove forest near Andin and Sanint Krate Villages. The event started at 7:30 AM and nearly 400 people joined to plant over 2650 mangroves.
July 2016 | Pharlain Community | Reported by Montree Chantawong
10 March 2016 | The Irrawaddy | Moe Myint
28 January 2016 | Mon News Agency
The Nation via Myanmar Eleven by KHINE KYAW
1 February 2016 | Phyo Thu | Myanmar Business Today
Abundance of Parlain Natural Resources and Communities Parlain Study by its community Distribution date: September 2015
1 September 2015 | Myanmar Times | Aung Shin