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Law and policy related to the global environment

  • Environmental and social impact assessments

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN)
    Description/subject: AECEN has been commissioned to maintain an environmental impact assessment (EIA) clearinghouse to facilitate knowledge capture and dissemination of information on international and regional best practices in EIA implementation.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: AECEN
    Format/size: html
    Alternate URLs: http://www.aecen.org/eia/myanmar
    Date of entry/update: 17 May 2013


    Individual Documents

    Title: Urbanization: The Structures of Sustainable Urban Landscape of Myanmar
    Date of publication: 26 July 2015
    Description/subject: Abstract: "With the major economic system changes, many new developments are observed in every sector of Myanmar. Urban landscaping is an integral part of modern urban construction and also presents the development of economic conditions. One of the most important factors of urbanization is population size. Urbanization is developed rapidly, based on rural-­‐urban migration and natural growth of cities and towns. As urban area develops changes occur in the landscape such as buildings, roads, recreational sites. etc. Although the country’s population remains largely rural because of Myanmar economy is based on agriculture, urban population growth was faster than spatial growth. Yangon is Myanmar’s largest urban area. However, spatially it grew between 2000 and 2010, increasing at a rate of 0.5% a year, from 370 square kilometers to 390. This paper studies many social (traffic congestion, waste disposal, water problems) and environmental issues (pollution) in urbanization and concludes that long-­‐term solutions to these problems. Therefore this paper presents the structure of urban landscape of some significant features within Myanmar and the controlling factors to this urban landscape. If population growth and urbanization are given sufficient attention in economic policies which must seek to manage for the sustainable future urban landscape of Myanmar.".....Paper delivered at the International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015.
    Author/creator: Thin Thin Khaing
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies: Burma/Myanmar in Transition: Connectivity, Changes and Challenges: University Academic Service Centre (UNISERV), Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 24-­26 July 2015
    Format/size: pdf (2.2MB)
    Date of entry/update: 26 August 2015


    Title: FPIC Fever: Ironies and Pitfalls
    Date of publication: May 2013
    Description/subject: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)... Text box extracted from "Access Denied - Land Rights and Ethnic Conflict in Burma" by TNI/BCN, May 2013 at http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs15/TNI-accesdenied-briefing11-red.pdf
    Author/creator: Jennifer Franco,
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Transnational Institute (TNI), Burma Centre Netherlands
    Format/size: pdf (44K)
    Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs15/TNI-accesdenied-briefing11-red.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 17 May 2013


  • International organisations, movements, conferences, publications and resources related to the global environment

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: "New Scientist"
    Description/subject: ENVIRONMENT... EVOLUTION... CLIMATE CHANGE... TECHNOLOGY
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "New Scientist"
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


    Title: Centre for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
    Language: English
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


    Title: Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
    Description/subject: "The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit. The Commission is responsible for reviewing progress in the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; as well as providing policy guidance to follow up the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) at the local, national, regional and international levels. The JPOI reaffirmed that the CSD is the high-level forum for sustainable development within the United Nations system. The CSD meets annually in New York, in two-year cycles, with each cycle focusing on clusters of specific thematic and cross-sectoral issues, outlined in its new multi-year programme of work (2003-2017) (E/CN.17/2003/6) . The CSD has opened its sessions to broad participation from both governmental and non-governmental actors, and it supports a number of innovative activities, such as the Partnerships Fair, the Learning Centre and a series of panels, roundtables and side events. The High-level segment features dialogue among Ministers, and Ministers also hold a special dialogue session with Major Groups. As a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), CSD has 53 member States (about one third of the members are elected on a yearly basis). Each session of the CSD elects a Bureau, comprised of a Chair and four vice-Chairs..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 21 October 2007


    Title: Rio+20 Portal - Building the Peoples Summit Rio+20
    Description/subject: MAIN THEMES: Ethical and philosophical fundamentals: subjectivity, domination, and emancipation... Human rights, peoples, territories, and defense of Mother Earth... Political subjects, the architecture of power, and democracy... Production, distribution and consumption, access to wealth, common goods, and economies in transition.
    Language: English (French, Spanish, Portuguese also available)
    Source/publisher: Rio+20 Portal
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


    Individual Documents

    Title: Smokey the Bear Sutra
    Date of publication: 1969
    Description/subject: "Once in the Jurassic about 150 million years ago, the Great Sun Buddha in this corner of the Infinite Void gave a Discourse to all the assembled elements and energies: to the standing beings, the walking beings, the flying beings, and the sitting beings -- even grasses, to the number of thirteen billion, each one born from a seed, assembled there: a Discourse concerning Enlightenment on the planet Earth..."
    Author/creator: Gary Snyder
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Gary Snyder
    Format/size: pdf (46K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 August 2015


  • International treaties and declarations related to the global environment

    Websites/Multiple Documents

    Title: Database of Selected Environmental Treaties
    Description/subject: Air Pollution...Antarctic...Biodiversity/Biosafety...Climate Change...Desertification (Regional Implementation Annex for Asia)...Endangered Species...Environmental Modification...Hazardous Wastes...Law of the Sea...Marine Dumping...Marine Life Conservation...Ozone Layer Protection...Prior Informed Consent...Sustainable development...Tropical Timber...Wetlands...Whaling.....The database has links to the text of the individual treaties (in the languages available, typically Arabic, Chinese, English, French,,Russian and Spanish), generally with the Status of Ratification (which countries have acceded to the treaty (signed...ratified), along with other explanatory and historical background. SEVERAL DEAD LINKS
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: UNESCO
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


    Title: International Environmental Agreements (IEA) Database Project
    Description/subject: "A summary of the current contents includes over 1,100 MEAs, [multilateral environmental agreements] over 1,500 BEAs, [bilateral environmental agreements] and over 250 other environmental agreements."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: International Environmental Agreements (IEA)
    Format/size: html
    Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


    Title: International Human Rights Declarations, Conventions and Charters Relevant to Environmental Concerns
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Environment and Human Rights Advisory (EHRA)
    Format/size: html. pdf
    Date of entry/update: 26 June 2012


    Individual Documents

    Title: Agenda 21
    Language: English
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003