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