10,000-acre mangrove forests to be designated as protected forests

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Mangrove forests along the coastline of the Gulf of Mottama to be designated as the protected public forests.  Photo: Aye Min Soe

PLANS are underway to designate 10,000 acres of mangrove forest along the coastline of the Gulf of Mottama as protected public forests, according to Yangon Region Forest Department.
A report of the Myawady Daily’s Friday edition said that the project will cover mangrove forests cultivated in Kyauktan, Khayan, Thonegwa and Kawhmu townships in Yangon, and those forests along the coastline of the Gulf of Mottama.
Yangon Region government approved the new scheme to establish protected public forests and the majority of residents agreed to implement the plan. The plan will start after making geographical measurements in the project areas.
A total of 2,282 acres of mangrove forests and protected forests have been established in Thanlyin, Kyauktan and Kungyangon townships in Yangon.
Myanmar has the third-largest mangrove forest coverage in Asia and seventh in the world. The country, with a total coastline 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, according to the 2010 World Mangrove Atlas.

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