YGN forest department to raise mangroves for disaster protection

PC1 Yangon Region Forest Department will grow mangrove forests to withstand impacts of natural disaster  Photo: Myint Maung Soe

23 May 2020 - Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

ver 30,000 acres of mangrove forest will be raised to withstand the impact of natural disaster in Yangon region, according to the Yangon Region Forest Department.
The department has planned to designate about 31,353 acres of mangrove as protected mangrove forest in Thonegwa, Kyauktan and Kungyangon townships.
"Over 30,000 acres of new protective mangrove forest are being planned to raise in Yangon region. We are taking necessary measures to designate the land as a protected mangrove forest in accordance with the 2018 Forest Law. The field inspection tours are also being conducted and the farming land under plants will be left. The mangrove along the gulf of Mottama will protect the Yangon region as a green wall. So, the local people do not need to worry about the natural disasters, said Director U Thein Toe of Forest Department in Yangon region.
In order for the mangrove forest to emerge in Yangon region, a team has been formed with personnel from Yangon region government, relevant township general administration departments, the Agricultural Land Management and Statistics Department, the regional Forest Department and two residents from each region. In 2015, there were 2,282 acres of mangrove forest in Yangon region. Now, there are 3,807 acres of mangrove forest in the incumbent government period, according to the Yangon regional Forest Department. —Myint Maung Soe(Translated by Hay Mar)

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