En­vi­ron­men­tal­ism grows in Pyin Oo Lwin

The Myanmar Times - - News - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com

FIGHT­ING back against de­for­esta­tion and cli­mate change, vil­lagers in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Re­gion, have been or­gan­is­ing groups to bring back the green to their com­mu­ni­ties. So far five vil­lages have formed sein lan, or green space, con­ser­va­tion groups to pre­serve nat­u­ral re­sources.

“Our goal is to pro­tect the land against log­ging and farm­ing prac­tices that dam­age the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment of our vil­lages in re­mote ar­eas,” Ma Moe Moe Htun, joint sec­re­tary of the Sein Lan Pyin Oo Lwin nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment group, told The Myan­mar Times on Au­gust 19.

“The groups get to­gether to carry out pro­tec­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in close co­op­er­a­tion with each other. Vil­lages con­tact the or­gan­i­sa­tion to form their own small sein lan group and to share ed­u­ca­tion and knowl­edge re­gard­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and ways of im­prov­ing our own im­me­di­ate neigh­bour­hood.”

The res­i­dents of Yay Pyan Moun­tain, Pein Nae Gone, Shwe Thin, Sin Khaung Lay and Pan Oo Taung vil­lages have al­ready formed small groups in their com­mu­ni­ties and are now of­fer­ing to help form sein lan groups else­where, she said.

U Tut, a botany ex­pert with the Sein Lan Pyin Oo Lwin group, said they would pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion about the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment to the mem­bers of other sein lan groups in the vil­lages and or­gan­ise dis­cus­sions to be led by ex­perts.

“We will plant shade trees and dec­o­ra­tive plants in down­town Pyin Oo Lwin in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the city de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee. All our Sein Lan Pyin Oo Lwin groups will plant trees and shrubs in their own com­mu­ni­ties, and will sup­port groups in other towns,” he said.

U Soe, an in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cial with the Sein Lan Sin Khaung Lay group, said on Au­gust 19, “Our group will work to pro­tect the nearby Yay Pyan Moun­tain. We will work with Sein Lan Pyin Oo Lwin to pro­tect the moun­tain’s nat­u­ral re­sources, par­tic­u­larly its wa­ter­falls, trees and forests.”

Es­tab­lished five years ago, Sein Lan Pyin Oo Lwin has 50 mem­bers and works with other civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions for char­i­ta­ble causes.

– Trans­la­tion by Emoon

Photo: Si Thu Lwin

The Sein Lan Pyin Oo Lwin group con­ducts a field in­spec­tion to pro­tect Yay Pan Moun­tain.

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