Wa News

Thu, 1 July 2010

Antoinio Mariea Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, said “We see a region (the Golden Triangle) that is rapidly ...
In his contribution to a book called Trouble in the Triangle: Opium and Conflict in Burma, Milsom stated that “Wei Xuegang [a Wa drugs baron who was close ...
As an indirect consequence of American involvement in the Golden Triangle until 1972, opium production steadily increased….Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle ...


We implement projects and activities in the following areas:

Public Awareness - We disseminate information about cultures and communities as well as alternative development and opium crop elimination projects. We employ a variety of media including the Internet, research publications, conference participation and networking through our worldwide offices.

Data Collection and Research - We support research in such areas as anthropology, land use studies and environmental analysis. Where data is lacking, we collaborate with other agencies in the region. We make findings available in the native language to local work groups and in English to development agencies.

Education - With the participation of the local community, we plan educational programs for agricultural technology, drug prevention and reproductive health, including AIDS awareness. We provide textbooks to schools and conduct teacher training. We also educate local government officials in governance, administration, natural resource management and sustainable development.

Communications - We facilitate dialogue between indigenous communities and the media, the United Nations, the United States, China, Myanmar and related non- governmental organizations. We also translate media reports into the local language to provide communities with news relevant to their own situation.

Development of Natural Resources - Myanmar is rich in rubies, jade and other precious stones and metals. We locate international buyers and ensure that fair business practices are adhered to. This industry raises needed funds for other development projects, such as education and infrastructure.

Agricultural Development - We provide expertise and assist in introducing substitution crops on land previously under opium cultivation. Much of this is marginal slope land that does not support crops easily. We confer with experts to determine best practices with both yield and environmental considerations in mind.

Infrastructure - Most of the people of the Golden Triangle still have no access to electricity or running water and many regions are still inaccessible by road. We assist in introducing local scale infrastructure that improves people's quality of life with minimal environmental impact.

The IFPEOC invites you to join us in making a positive difference by creating a brighter future for the people of the Golden Triangle, as well as for all humanity.
The International Foundation for the Peaceful Elimination of Opium Crops (IFPEOC)