August 19, 2016

Plants play crucial role in natural disaster reduction


Forest area in Myanmar was 31,773,000 ha, or 48 percent of the country in 2010, with losing just over 1 percent of its forest cover every year since 1990, according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization’ report in 2011.
The country’s rapid economic transition has undoubtedly puts new, alarming strains on forests and biodiversity. Meanwhile environmental experts have concerns of possible rapid development would pose a grave risk to the country’s natural resources.
Although the government is taking steps to ensure a sustainable with the supports of international organizations, poverty has also contributed into the country’s deforestation by illegal logging.
Another cause of deforestation in Myanmar is forest fire. NGOs have reported Myanmar has lost up to 10 tons of forest fuel due to forest fire. As a result, every 30 to 70 tonnes of top forest soil are destroyed in the country.
Deforestation has consequences of cyclones, landslides, earthquakes, tsunami, fire and drought. They in turn also threats to environment of the country. Green house gases including carbon dioxide are emitted from deforestation, causing to rise global temperature, climate changes and soil erosion.
Planting ceremony is celebrated in Myanmar in July. Its objectives are to raise the awareness of community on the value of trees, to raise awareness of the younger generations on the value of trees.  However, new generation has noticed the impacts of deforestation. Law enforcement should be tighten to prevent illegal logging. Environmental conservation can protect community from suffering natural disasters. It can also keep up the weather condition fine and better.
Therefore, environmental conservation efforts should be promoted to ensure a greener and pristine Myanmar.


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