Zalone des­ig­nated a con­ser­va­tion zone

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ZALONE Moun­tain is to be de­clared a con­ser­va­tion zone, MPs have been in­formed. In re­sponse to a ques­tion from Sa­gaing Re­gion MP U Khin Maung Win (NLD; Sa­gaing 7), Con­ser­va­tion Min­is­ter U Ohn Win told the Amyotha Hlut­taw on Au­gust 15 that the move would now go ahead.

U Win Naing Thaw, a se­nior of­fi­cial from the forestry de­part­ment’s Na­ture and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion De­part­ment, said it would take about a year to es­tab­lish the zone, in which lo­cal res­i­dents would be able to make use of for­est flora and fauna. How­ever, he added, po­ten­tial land own­er­ship dis­putes would also have to be cleared up.

“Re­solv­ing all the land own­er­ship prob­lems could take five years,” said forestry de­part­ment di­rec­tor U Myo Min.

The Sa­gaing Re­gion forestry de­part­ment will carry out most of the func­tions re­quired to bring the zone into be­ing, in­clud­ing con­duct­ing sur­veys and rais­ing aware­ness among the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, said U Win Naing Thaw.

Min­is­ter U Ohn Win said des­ig­nat­ing Zalone Moun­tain as a con­ser­va­tion zone would help pro­tect the ecosys­tems and var­i­ous species in the area.

En­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Daw Daewi Thant Sin also said the des­ig­na­tion of Zalone was the best way of pre­serv­ing it.

Com­mu­nity-based tourism would be able to pro­vide job op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal res­i­dents so that they re­frained from dam­ag­ing the ecosys­tems and threat­en­ing the forests and wildlife, she said, call­ing for a cam­paign to heighten aware­ness of the fragility of the zone.

“The zone should be able to reg­u­late con­duct within it that would dis­turb an­i­mal and bird species, in­clud­ing mak­ing un­nec­es­sary noise and leav­ing lit­ter,” she said.

The Zalone Moun­tain area is lo­cated in an ex­ist­ing forestry con­ser­va­tion zone, Nant Khaung Huu, in Ban­mauk town­ship, Sa­gaing Re­gion.

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