By Nyein Nyein
The Yangon Region government is planning to plant mangroves along the Gulf of Mottama as part of efforts to combat climate change, said U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon Region.
He made the remarks at the Sixth Green Economy Green Growth (GEGG) Forum held on 6 February at the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
“We are making efforts to conserve mangroves in Yangon Region. More than 30,000 mangroves are being replanted in the region. We are also planning to cover the Gulf of Mottama with mangroves,” said U Phyo Min Thein.
“Moreover, we are preparing to invite businesses which are accountable and take the responsibility to not adversely affect the environment and urban development. So, we can strike a proper balance between turning our attention to natural disasters, as well as climate change, as seen across the country,” he added.
In the production sector, efforts are being made to ensure smoke-free manufacturing or systematic management of smoke produced by factories, he added.
Myanmar is located on the Sagaing fault, and so, businessmen need to be assured that there is suitable infrastructure for investment in Myanmar and that their businesses are not vulnerable to natural disasters, the chief minister said.
The objectives of the GEGG forum include ensuring sustainable development of Myanmar, lowering the environmental impact from enterprises, and promoting accountable and responsible investments and businesses.
“All stakeholders and participants should get actively involved in discussions for bringing about development,” said U Phyo Min Thein. (Translated by Hay Mar)