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November 20, 2018

Motion to conserve natural resources as national duty passed

Amyotha Hluttaw is being convened in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

The MPs of Amyotha Hluttaw debated the depleting environmental resources in Myanmar at the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday, and urged the union government to provide protection to the country’s natural resources.
The debate focused on the preservation of the country’s natural resources as a national duty, submitted by MP U Pe Chit of the Yangon region constituency (9) to the Hluttaw. In his discussion, U Khin Myo Win of the Taninthayi Region constituency (12) pointed out that five factories in Myeik, Taninthayi Region, are using some 300 tonnes of fingerlings a day to produce chicken and duck feed, and they were also using some 20,000 tonnes of firewood every year to run the factories.
“Short-term and long-term plans are required to save millions of fingerlings that are being used to produce feed,” said U Khin Myo Win. Six MPs also participated in the discussion. Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win explained the measures adopted by the ministry, pledging that the extraction of natural resources would be conducted with accountability and responsibility towards sustainable development.
In response to the motion, the union minister also acknowledged that the natural resources of the country need to be conserved. To implement the tasks prescribed in the Environmental Conservation Law, the union government formed a national-level body for environmental conservation, headed by Vice President U Myint Swe, as well as work committees and region/state supervisory committees for environmental conservation that were formed on 2 June 2016, he said. The union minister also called for cooperation from all sectors, including government, non-government organisations, region/state governments and local people, to ensure environmental conservation is a success, and urged the Hluttaw to put the motion on record. The motion was passed by 92 votes to 82, with four abstentions.


Aye Aye Thant
(Myanmar News Agency)


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