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Understanding Myanmar’s Changing Forests

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  1. Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region, which contains one of the last significant contiguous forest areas in Southeast Asia, has been heavily deforested in recent decades.
  2. Researchers analyzed the causes of land-use and land-cover change “regime shifts” that transformed these forests to agricultural lands, identifying ceasefires between ethnic groups and the government, and enhanced business relations with Thailand and China as the main drivers.
  3. By creating a framework to better understand the causes of land-cover regime shifts, policymakers can preempt future shifts in Tanintharyi, and can apply this framework to the study of land change in other regions.

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