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June 25, 2019

Cartoon exhibition promotes conservation of Myanmar’s natural resources

A visitor enjoys the works of local cartoonists on display at the art exhibition “For Who?”, which takes place at River Ayeyawady Gallery on 35th Street in Yangon.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
A visitor enjoys the works of local cartoonists on display at the art exhibition “For Who?”, which takes place at River Ayeyawady Gallery on 35th Street in Yangon.—Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

A group of local cartoonists concerned about the conservation of Myanmar’s natural resources opened a joint exhibition Friday at River Ayeyawady Gallery in Yangon.
The exhibition, entitled “For Who?,” aims to make international investors aware of the importance of conservation and the negative impacts of businesses, said U Lai Lone, programme officer of environmental NGO Spectrum-Sustainable Development Knowledge Network, which is organizing the exhibition.
All works are aimed at raising public awareness about protection and sustainable management of the environment, as well as showing people the role of cartoonists in the conservation, he added.
The exhibition runs from 15 to 17 May, showcasing 60 works by 20 artists. The works on display are not for sale but anyone who wants to buy items on show may directly contact the artists, U Lai Lone said.
“We, the Spectrum, particularly invite the foreign embassies in the country and civil society organizations, with expectations of about 1,000 visitors at the three-day event,” U Lai Lone said.
Established in 2007, the spectrum plans to provide environmental journalism training to local reporters by the end of this year to polish their skills.
Myanmar, a resource-rich country, has a population of more than 50 million people, most of whom are dependent on forestry. According to a survey, only 25 per cent of Myanmar people are aware of environmental conservation.—GNLM

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