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March 03, 2018

Mangrove forest’s establishments documented in Parliament

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THE Pyithu Hluttaw recorded a motion calling for the establishment of mangrove forests in Dedaye Township, Ayeyawady Region during its session yesterday.
Altogether 11 Pyithu Hluttaw representatives seconded the motion, stressing the need to establish mangrove forests as a defence against cyclonic storms and to not plant the mangroves in a halfhearted manner.
In his reply, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win said that works are underway to establish a 12.3-acre patch of mangrove forest in the township during this year’s rainy season.
There will be cooperation between the departments concerned and local people in regard to the conservation and restoration of mangrove forests, added the Union minister.
The motion was documented with no objection at the 40th day session of Pyithu Hluttaw.
Mangrove forests are found in abundance in the country’s coastal areas of Rakhine State and Ayeyawady and Taninthayi Regions.
According to the 2010 World Mangrove Atlas, Myanmar, with a total coastal line of 2,832km, has mangrove forests covering an area of 5,029 square metres, accounting for 3.3 per cent of the total area in the world. Myanmar has the third largest mangrove forest coverage in Asia and seventh in the world.


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