Denmark funds mangrove reforestation in Rakhine

The Danish Climate Envelope funds a Five-year plan of mangrove reforestation on the Rakhine State.

The plan will take action in the degraded mangrove forests in Myebon, Rambre, Tanintharyi’s Myeik archipelago and Kyunsu township. It already started in June 2018 and is expected to end in 2023.

The mangrove forests in Myanmar are dying out because they are used and destroyed for human benefit such as making fish and prawn farmland and cutting of tree for firewood.

“Mangrove forests in Sittwe township are now prawn farms. We will replant mangroves in prawn farms that are no longer used,” says U Toe Aung of the department’s Mangrove Conservation Unit.

The mangrove rehabilitation is expected to reduce the effects of climate change, natural disasters and to reserve biodiversity of marine animals on coastal area communities.

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