Turning the industrial tide

Communities in Dawei are turning to tourism as a new source of income and as an alternative to negative impacts from the industrial development that has already displaced many families and now threatens the pristine environment.

Set amid fruit orchards and betel-nut plantations, the village of Kalonehtar seems peaceful enough. But the tranquillity is mere surface appearance as residents fight waves of mega-projects continually crashing over the the Tanintharyi region.

Aung Kyaw Thet, a 21-year-old campaigner, said the massive projects ruin their land and traditional livelihoods.

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