The Denmark government will donate US$ 5 million for a mangrove conservation project in Taninthayi Region and Rakhine State, according to the Forestry Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.
The project will be implemented in Myeik Town in Taninthayi Region and Sittway and Kyaukpyu townships in Rakhine State with the Forestry Department, the Fisheries Department and local NGOs, said a Forestry Department official.
“Currently, we are just drafting a proposal. So, we will conduct a field inspection during the first week of August,” the officials said.
The Forestry Department and the local organisations are also conducting awareness training courses to protect mangroves in coastal villages.
“Mangrove resources are declining because of being used as firewood and the proliferation of fish farms. We need to conduct mangrove conservation which can protect local people who are living near the coastal areas from natural disasters,” said U Tun Paw Oo, an environmental conservation scientist.
There are over 500,000 hectares of mangroves across the country in Myanmar.