Devi Thant Sin

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Devi Thant Sin
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Devi Thant Sin in 2016
Native name
Born (1947-01-02) 2 January 1947 (age 72)
Rangoon, British Burma
(now Yangon)
ResidenceYangon, Myanmar
OccupationEnvironmentalist, Writer, Princess
Known forGreen Princess
Spouse(s)Aye Ko
Parent(s)Taw Phaya Galay
Khin May

Devi Thant Sin (Burmese: ဒေဝီသန့်စင်, also spelt Devi Thant Cin; born 2 January 1947) is a Burmese environmentalist, writer and the leader of the Environmental movement in Burma. She against the Myitsone hydropower dam, a controversial project backed by China at the mouth of the Irrawaddy River.

She is founder of the Global Green Group (3G) and Myanmar Green Network.[1]

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Devi Thant Sin was born in Yangon, British Burma to Prince Taw Phaya Galay and Khin May. She is not only known for being a leading environmentalist, but also as a Burmese princess and direct descendant of Myanmar's last monarch King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat.[2][3]

Career and movements[edit]

She is considered one of Myanmar's first environmentalists and works to fight deforestation and environmental degradation in the Southeast Asian nation. She is a leading light in Myanmar's fledgling green movements. In a country where the focus is on much-needed development of the economy rather than protecting its resources, the work of environmentalists. She is the founder of the environmental activist organizations Global Green Group (3G) and the Myanmar Green Network. She despite having lived the life of a commoner, she still considers it her duty to look after the interests of the Burmese people by fighting to protect the environment.[1][4]

Thant Sin first started writing about environmental awareness in the early 2000s. In 2007 she launched her own which was Myanmar's first environmental magazine, “Aung Pin Lae”, the magazine inform the public of the global green movement and environmental degradation in the country. She also began travelling through the country to give talks to farmers about the risk of using chemical fertilizers, while she spoke with students to inform the younger generation of environmental concerns. She was to help unify Myanmar's burgeoning green movement. She gathered together the country's handful of environmental activists in 2006 to form the Global Green Group (3G), followed closely by the Myanmar Green Network. The group is made up of shifting numbers of mining engineers, meteorologists, lawyers, civil engineers, activists, researchers and journalists.[1][4][5]

She was against the Myitsone hydropower dam, a controversial project backed by China at the mouth of the Irrawaddy River in northern Kachin State that could cause widespread environmental devastation if it goes ahead. She said “For the whole of Myanmar, the Irrawaddy is like the mother river, If there is dam construction that they shouldn’t do, we point out that it’s not the time to do it”. The environmental campaigns against the dam led to a nationwide public outcry, prompting President Thein Sein to suspend the project in 2011 until 2016, when his presidential term expires. In part thanks to Thant Sin and other protestors’ efforts, the project is currently on hold.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d "'We do not accept the government's clean coal technology'/Devi Thant Cin Q&A Interview". Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ "The Konbaung Dynasty (part 19)". Royal Ark. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  3. ^ Zon Pann Pwint (12 March 2015). "Descended from royalty". The Myanmar Times. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Kyaw Phyo Tha (15 June 2013). "'The Irrawaddy River Is Like a Mother'". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Devi Thant Cin Q&A". Mizzima News. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2017.