Chin State Chief Minister vows to conserve natural beauty of Chin State

File photo shows natural beauty of Chin State. Photo: Zoe Haysar
File photo shows natural beauty of Chin State. Photo: Zoe Haysar

In his New Year’s speech for 2018, Chin State Chief Minister Salai Lian Lwal said he would emphasise conservation efforts to protect the rhododendron and cherry plants in the state.
The Chief Minister also said that this year, the focus would be on conserving the different flora and fauna of Chin State, such as the toucan, and other rare birds. Additionally, he said there would be greater efforts to promote the literary culture and traditions of the Chin people.
The two flowers bloom from November to April each year and create a very large tourist attraction. However, the flowers are plucked or entire trees chopped down by admirers. Certain conservation groups have voiced their concerns and pressed for greater environmental protection.
U Hlaing Aung, Chairman of the Kennedy Sein Lann So Pyay Association, said that his group has been distributing pamphlets informing the public about how to save these precious flowers. “We planted two kinds of plants on Mt. Kennedy and the Laytar mountain range,” said U Hlaing Aung. “We need to effectively combat vandalism of these plants.”
U Hlaing Aung noted that even though the Forestry Department has put up signs warning against the chopping down of trees, daily incidents of branches or entire trees being chopped down are common. Youths from Mindat and Kanpalet towns have been hanging signs in many urban and rural areas, calling for the preservation of the natural environment.—Zoe Haysar

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