Group launches five-year effort to revive mangroves
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.
Mangrove seedlings for the coastal reforestation effort.