September 25, 2016

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Weak enforcement, adherence to the law lead to negative impacts upon Mandalay, regional parliament hears

THE presence of social and environmental issues associated with development projects and manufacturing facilities in Mandalay Region is due to weak adherence to and poor enforcement of environmental legislation, said a regional parliamentarian.
“Such laws have been enacted but no implementation has taken place.” said U Tin Aung of the Mandalay Region Hluttaw, adding that the legal
framework is very good but there exists a common lack of adherence to the law.
The Environmental Conservation Law was enacted in 2012 and rules and regulations were adopted after its enactment but the policy has suffered due to either poor implementation or none at all, said the regional lawmaker.
During a regular session of the Mandalay Region Hluttaw on Thursday, parliamentarians unanimously approved a proposal calling for measures and assessments of the impact of development projects and factories
upon the people and the environment.
It is required that the authorities make social and environmental impact assessments of environmentally sensitive projects, said U Aye Khaing, another regional parliamentarian.
According to sources, plans are underway to form an environmental appraisal committee with the aim of taking swift actions against environmental violations.—Aung Thant Khaing


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