05 April 19 - Source: Myanmar Times - Despite severe damage in the past two decades, Myanmar's environment has improved, according to U San Oo, deputy director general of the Environmental Conservation Department.
During a press conference at the ministry on Thursday, he credited the improvement of the country's ecological health with the establishment of the department in 2012.
However, in areas with the most severe damage, like Hpakant in Kachin State, there is still much work to be done.
"But, we will try our best and cooperate to achieve success soon," he said. The health of mangrove plantations in Ayeyarwady Region and Rakhine State can also be attributed to environmental conservation, he said.
The Ayeyarwady Delta remains healthy despite public concern about the damage that could be caused by the Myitsone dam, he said.
"The Ayeyarwady Delta is in perfect condition, but if it can be improved with the cooperation of the people, it will be a better ecosystem," he said.
Rare plants and animals that can no longer be found in other parts of the world are found in the Ayeyarwady Delta, according to a study by an international organisation. "There isn't the environmental damage found in other rivers in the world," he said.