YE TOWNSHIP will plant 18,000 mangrove trees on an island in Abaw Village, in Mon State to reinforce the coast against erosion and flooding, according to a township forest officer.
U Sow Win, head of the Ye Township Department of Forestry said that different varieties of mangrove plants will be cultivated on 13 acres of vacant plots on Sonema Island this month.
Sonema Island, with an estimated 700 acres of farmland, frequently are flooded during the rainy season. Saltwater has damaged about half of that acreage.
Last fiscal year of 2016-2017, the forestry department planted more than 6,000 mangrove plants on 190 acres of land in Andin Village in Ye Township in cooperation with local community.
The forest officer said that mangroves are crucial for the coastal areas, serving as buffers between the land and the sea.
Coastlines throughout the town are facing problems of coastal erosion and threat of the rising sea levels.
Htut Htut (Ye)