Natural Resources


Natural resource struggles: Shrinking spaces for civil society


Governments and corporations are driving the demand for water, land and organic resources of all kinds as never before. Citizens are fighting for their rights and working to preserve their livelihoods. Our study "Tricky Business" shows how the mechanisms of expropriation work.

Right Livelihood Conference 2014

In March 2014 a conference was held to show the outcome of the capacity building program on Participatory and Indigenous Natural Resource Management.

By Timmi Tillmann

The Salween Dams and the problems of resource governance in Myanmar’s’ ethnic border areas

At least since the “energy-protests” of May 2012, Myanmar’s strategy of exporting energy to its neighboring countries came under heavy criticism by its own population. Yet while the contested Myitsone hydropower dam on the confluence of the Irrawaddy River was suspended by President Thein Sein due to public pressure, several other big hydropower dams are still being under construction on the Salween River in Myanmar’s eastern border areas with the support of Thai investors.

By Wanwadee Erawan

Indigenous Knowledge & Natural Commons in Myanmar

During the 3rd International Conference on International Relations and Development (ICIRD 2013) entitled “Beyond Borders: Building a Regional Commons in Southeast Asia”which took place on 21-23 August 2013 at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) organized a workshop on Indigenous Peoples’ natural resource management and the creativity of Indigenous Knowledge and the Natural Commons.

By Marc Bühnemann, Timmi Tillmann, Anan Ganjanapan

Capacity Building Program for Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Myanmar

To highlight the importance of Indigenous Knowledge with regards to Natural Resource Management and Empower Indigenous People and grassroots for sustainable development by making people aware of their natural resource rights, of both legal and customary frameworks hbs together with EcoDev/Alarm has developed a Training of Trainers (ToT) Program on Participatory Indigenous Natural Resource Management.

By Rual Lian Thang

International Resource Politics


Natural resources are back on the agenda. This paper underlines a new dimension of international relations and pleads for new approaches, called international resource politics, which can be used for ongoing debates concerning green economy and transition strategies.

Myanmar’s Natural Resources: Blessing or Curse?

Myanmar’s progress since the 2010 general elections has been astounding, with political transition greatly encouraging citizens and international diplomatic and investment communities. The diplomatic climate for Myanmar has changed dramatically as a result and sanctions have been eased progressively. Not surprisingly, many international investors have cast their eyes on Myanmar’s abundant natural resources for commercial exploitation.

By Rainer Einzenberger, David Allan

Foreign-investment-induced conflicts in Myanmar - The Monywa Copper Mine

As part of the first publication of the series Perspectives Asia, Nwet Kay Khine reflects on the impacts of protest and local opposition against a copper mine which turned into a national movement with international impacts especially for Chinese investors. Using the Letbadaung mining project as an example, the instability of Chinese commercial interests in Myanmar is examined

By Nwet Kay Khine