First meeting of Coastal Resources Management Work Committee held

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The first meeting of the Coastal Resources Management Work Committee in Progress.

The meeting of the Coastal Resources Management Work Committee (first time) was held at Ingyin Hall, the Forest Department yesterday morning.
Chairman of the Work Committee and Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Khin Maung Yi, Vice-Chairman of the Work Committee and Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Tin Htut Oo and committee members attended the meeting by virtual format.
First, Union Minister U Khin Maung Yi spoke about the social and economic development of Myanmar’s coastal resources to manage the three pillars of the economy and environmental protection.
“Only multi-departmental cooperation can effectively carry out long-term development work. Integrated Coastal Management is being drafted for Myanmar,” the Union minister said.
“The system is based on the principles adopted by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. Carbon dioxide, which is a major cause of climate change, is being stored in large quantities by mangroves and coastal ecosystems, which could exacerbate climate change if coastal resources are depleted.
“Myanmar’s natural heritage along the coast, such as mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass and archipelagos are in danger due to the climate change”, the Union minister added.
He also said that good governance practices need to be developed as shrimp production and fisheries could be affected.
Next, Union Minister U Tin Htut Oo, Vice-Chairman of the Work Committee, said that Myanmar is the largest country in the mainland of Southeast Asia and is made up of various ecosystems.
“The ecosystems: mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass beds play an important role in the socio-economic development and environmental protection of the country as they are a source of various products and services of the country,” he said.
“Myanmar can implement economic development in the best way without harming the coastal marine natural resources. At the 38th ASEAN Summit held on 26 October 2021, the ASEAN member states have pledged to implement the ASEAN Blue Economy.
“Coastal development-related activities such as agriculture, fisheries, hotels and tourism, coastal environment, such as resource extraction, socio-economic and ecosystems, and biodiversity conservation activities will be effectively implemented based on the long-term interests of the country.
Then, the implementation of the duties and responsibilities of the work committee according to the relevant sectors, and difficulties encountered were focused and the committee members made decisions on the future plans. — MNA

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