Myanmar forests: Facing new risks


With the lifting of economic sanctions, Myanmar is opening its doors to big agribusinesses in palm oil and rubber. It's good for the economy, but not for the country's natural resources, especially its forests.

Branches heavy with dark green leaves and wooden tendrils hang across a winding path beaten flat by the stomping feet of elephants training for a life of logging . Now just learning the trade, the animals carry tourists on their backs through the deep jungle, trundling over undergrowth and through bubbling streams before being released at night to wander the area with their free cousins.

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