Plastic crisis in Myanmar: New survey reveals 119 tons of plastic enter Ayeyarwady River every day
Source: Thant Myanmar & Flora and Fauna International
Date: 16th July 2019
A new survey on plastic pollution in Myanmar conducted by Fauna and Flora International (FFI) in collaboration with Thant Myanmar reveals that 119 tons of plastic waste enter the Ayeyarwady River every day. A related study conducted by the Fridtjof Nansen research vessel found that Myanmar's coastlines are heavily affected by
Keynote speaker, Deputy Minister of MONREC Dr. Ye Myint Swe, who opened the workshop "Plastic pollution in Myanmar: Focus on the Ayeyarwady River", accused plastic pollution of damaging the beauty of Myanmar and affecting people's health. He believes that the government and private sectors can make a change by encouraging and supporting a national reduction of plastic waste.
The findings of the survey confirmed that the Ayeyarwady River is one of the most polluted rivers on the planet. Navigating its flow from Mandalay to Pyay and taking water samples along the way, experts found that the most polluting region is the Delta Region, which is responsible for around 32 tons, followed by Yangon where approximately 29 tons of plastic waste enters the river every day.
Another striking fact presented in Nay Pyi Taw is that the ocean surrounding Myanmar – especially in the Bay of Bengal – is heavily impacted by
The event successfully stimulated and contributed to the general debate on how to tackle the urgent plastic pollution issue Myanmar is facing. Different tools and policy options were discussed, including plastic taxation and bans, improved focus on
"The crisis is pressing but solutions exist,"
● 119 tons of plastic waste enter the Ayeyarwady River every day, which makes it one of the most polluted rivers in the world.
● Myanmar's coastlines have a high concentration of
● Myanmar's rural areas are specifically endangered since there are no official waste collection systems in these areas and waste is often dumped directly into the river.
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● Infographic on plastic in the Ayeyarwady River: https://www.thantmyanmar.com/en/riversurvey
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● Short info video on