Strengthening Science-based Environmental Policy Development in Burma's Democratic Transition

For decades, it was very difficult to complete, share or access development research in Burma. However, in the past two years, the Burmese political landscape has seen far-reaching changes. The military junta has reconstituted itself as a civilian government and several important Western governments, Canada among them, have suspended sanctions. Meanwhile, companies are rushing to this resource-rich country.

Given this new and rapidly evolving situation, IDRC is providing funding to Simon Fraser University to support a network of young Burmese environmentalists to complete research that contributes to development policy and environmental practice in the country. Researchers will form groups to explore specific environmental issues and use primarily existing data to make reports that will be disseminated as an "Annual Review of the Environment." The project will also encourage and assist in the creation of a business council on environment and development involving members of the business community.

This project builds on past participation of these environmental researchers in meetings of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and expands the network that emerged from these exchanges.

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Project status


Start Date

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

End Date

Monday, June 22, 2015


27 months

IDRC Officer

Rodriguez, Mr. Edgard

Total funding

CA$ 90,000


Myanmar, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, China, Canada


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Robert Anderson


Simon Fraser University

Institution Country