Group launches five-year ef­fort to re­vive man­groves

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Myat Moe Aung

ONE mil­lion man­grove trees will be planted along the coast of Kungyan­gon town­ship in Yan­gon Re­gion as part of ef­forts to con­serve the coun­try’s man­grove forests, ac­cord­ing to an in­ter­na­tional con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion.

World­view In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion said seven species of man­groves which are en­demic to the coun­try will be planted in the five-year project from 2019 to 2023.

Man­grove re­plant­ing will also be car­ried out in Kawhmu, Than­lyin, and Kayan town­ships along the coast in south­ern Yan­gon.

“We are cul­ti­vat­ing an open gar­den in Let Khut Kon vil­lage. We will plant in five vil­lages, but we won’t de­stroy the orig­i­nal for­est as it can pro­tect the vil­lage from dis­as­ter,” said U Win Maung, project man­ager of the foun­da­tion. “Be­hind the for­est, there is a wild muddy area and some grass, which is an in­di­ca­tor for plant­ing man­grove.”

In Yan­gon, there are 25,000 hectares of man­grove for­est left in the main area of the re­gion. If the man­grove for­est is con­served, it will be a green wall to pro­tect the re­gion’s coast from dis­as­ter.

Daw Khin Mar Win, a res­i­dent of Let Khut Kon, said, “We wel­come the con­ser­va­tion of man­grove trees be­cause we un­der­stand the ben­e­fits of man­groves. We de­pend on man­grove forests ev­ery day.”

Man­grove forests through­out the coun­try are rapidly de­clin­ing due to wan­ton de­struc­tion for fire­wood and con­ver­sion to fish farms.

In 2000, there was an es­ti­mated 4630 square kilo­me­tres of man­grove forests through­out the coun­try, but the area dropped to 3960sq km by 2013. Con­ser­va­tion­ists es­ti­mated that if the de­struc­tion of the man­groves con­tin­ues, there will be only 2600sq km by 2030.

Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing

Man­grove seedlings for the coastal re­for­esta­tion ef­fort.

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