Chin State’s Kennedy Peak to be designated as natural area, says Union Minister

Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than. Photo: MNA
Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than. Photo: MNA

Lay Thar Taung, also known as Kennedy Peak, in Tiddim Township, Chin State will be designated a natural area, a step toward being protected environmentally, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win told Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday.
During the 33rd day session of Amyotha Hluttaw, the Union minister said that, with the participation of local people and the regional government, an effort will be made to get Kennedy Peak designated as protected natural land in order to conserve its biodiversity and wildlife habitat.
Likewise, Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut responded to a call for construction of housing for education staff in Kyaikmaraw Township of Mon State, saying that priority to any action will depend on the allocated funds and the regional government’s remarks on it.
According to the deputy minister, the ministry received K8, 265.40million for construction of staff quarters for this fiscal year.
Next, Union Minister U Ohn Win replied to a question about chain saws, saying that chain saws control has been established to prevent illegal logging and measures are being taken against its use and import by the Forest Department in cooperation with related departments, including the Myanmar Police Force.
The Union minister elaborated on actions taken against illegal logging near Myanmar-China border posts, east of Khaunglanphu Township of Kachin State. A total of 1,939.86 tonnes of illegal logs were seized along with the arrests of 117 locals and seizure of 104 pieces of machinery during this fiscal year in Kachin State.
Efforts are being made to prevent illegal logging and transport of timbers illegally logged across the border in cooperation with Tatmadaw’s military columns and the local police force, added the Union minister.
He pledged that punitive actions will be taken against those involved in illegal logging, saying that no revenue and entry of vehicle were collected and listed as no border trade camps were set up at border crossings where timber are transported illegally. — Myanmar News Agency

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